Falklanders vote to stay British

The Falkland Islands have voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to remain a British territory, with 98.8% voting in favour. Just three people of 1,517 votes cast were against it.

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Governor: Falkland Islanders 'optimistic' for the future

Nigel Haywood, Governor of the Falkland Islands told ITV News that, "this is a very bright, very lively place with a lot of optimism about he future for the economy of the Islands and the future of the Islands."

Speaking about the Government's response to the poll Mr Haywood said;

"I think the Islanders have never been in any doubt about the strength of support in Britain for the Falkland Islands.

"The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have made that very clear. But it's been very reassuring to have such an immediate response today to the results and that will help the confidence and the optimism of the Islanders for the future."

Alexander: 'Falkland islanders resisted pressure from Argentina'

The Falkland islanders have resisted overt and unhelpful pressure from the Argentinean government in the run-up to this referendum.

However, they have now had the chance to put their views about their sovereignty firmly on the record.

This referendum was a democratic process, overseen by international observers and has now made clear, once and for all, the view of the islanders.

– Douglas Alexander, Shadow foreign secretary

Falklanders who voted against staying in UK 'will never admit it'

As 99.8% of Falkland Islanders voted in favour of remaining a UK territory, the Guardian's Latin America Correspondent Jonathan Watts said the three people who voted against "would never admit it":

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I asked one islander tonight who the Falklands Three (those who didn't vote for UK rule) might be. "No-one will ever admit it," he replied.

A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, meaning that 92% of the islanders eligible to vote took part.

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Falkland Islanders celebrate referendum win

Falkland Islanders celebrated after the resounding referendum results
Falkland Islanders celebrated after the resounding referendum results Credit: EBU

Falkland Islanders have been celebrating the referendum results after residents voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory, with 99.8% declaring themselves in favour during a two-day referendum in the capital Port Stanley.

Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue
Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue Credit: RTV

A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, a turnout of 92% of the islanders eligible to vote.

Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue
Flags flew with many dressing up in red white and blue Credit: RTV

Falkland Islanders: 'Argentina must pay attention'

Falklands United on behalf of the Falklands United Movement have launched an outspoken attack on President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina in a statement released after the referendum results.

Tonight the Government of Argentina and the rest of the world heard our voice. It is a Falklands voice. It is a British voice.

Tonight is without doubt a very special moment for Falkland Islanders but even more so for democracy.

We have been treated by the Argentine Government as if we don’t exist – or at least as if we have no rights. We have been told that within twenty years our home will be under the control of a nation that we know does not have our best interests at heart. This will never happen and we have resolutely voted against that.

Argentina must pay attention and accept the result of our referendum. Failure to do so suggests that they have priorities other than democracy and freedom of people to choose their own future. In the modern world surely these priorities must be condemned.

These messages have been humbling and a sign that in addition to most of South America, Argentine citizens are growing tired of the Kirchner Government.

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