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Falkland Islands referendum: overwhelming yes to staying British

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/12/2013

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Jonathan Watts

The people of the Falkland Islands have voted overwhelmingly for the territory to stay British in an unsurprising but still historical referendum that aims to send a defiant message to Argentina and the outside world.
Despite near zero temperatures and flurries of snow and rain, the turnout was 92% from an electorate of 1,650. All but three people voted yes to the question posed on the ballots: "Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?"
Nobody expected anything but a landslide in a vote that the Argentinian government had dismissed as illegal. Regardless, the islanders said they were delighted at the strong show of unity at a time when the Falklands are coming under increasing pressure from Buenos Aires and its allies in South America.
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"Falkland Islands referendum: overwhelming yes to staying British", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 19/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/falkland-islands-referendum-overwhelming-yes-to-staying-british