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.
The result of the referendum may be a foregone conclusion but the Island's Government - and Britain - hopes it will send a signal.
Next week's islanders are expected to vote overwhelming to remain an Overseas Territority of the UK, but will Argentina listen?