Recently we have started to drill for Oil off the coast of Britain. I know, this may sound like a shock to many, seeing as I work in the British Offshore Oil Industry, but earlier in the week the Ocean Guardian, a drilling vessel that I have seen people flying to from Aberdeen Heliport, made it’s way 8000 miles from our hallowed waters and landed its self in a whole buzz of controversy. We are drilling for oil off the coast of the Falkland Islands.
We claim sovereignty over the islands. They are part of Britain as much as the Channel Islands are, and each person living there has a British Passport. They use the pound (the Falklands Pound, match to the Sterling) and we went to war to save them from occupation from Argentina in the 1980s, winning and saying the Argentina “Nope, these are our lands”.
However, there’s oil – Argentina want it, and so do Britain, and there’s a claim that the islands sit on the Argentinean continental shelf (the exact same argument we are using for the west of Shetland, natch) but Britain rules it, and under the current UN laws we have the right to the oil. There’s no chance of there being a second War at the moment, seeing as Argentina are weaker than they were in the 80s and Britain is stronger.
The only way for the Islands to change without military intervention (the UK government won’t secede the island for a start) the islanders would have to want to change it back. But they won’t because, since 1983 and the war, they’ve had British Passports and Citizenship.
In a conversation with a friend about passports it’s clear that the UK and USA passports are the best in the world. No Visas to Europe, or most of Latin America (maybe not Argentina for the UK, huh?) and for the UK all the Middle East (USA passports aren’t accepted in Iran at all, and vice versa) and the common wealth. They are closely followed by the Canadian, Australia and New Zealand passports, as well as most other European countries. The Visas waived in most countries for entry.
Why would you give up the right to be “British”? I mean as a technicality, not as a nationality. That they are “British” is just a term in the same way that it’s a term for me, as a label for where you come from, but it’s a citizen ship that works all around the world and is a good thing to have – nothing to diminish the Argentineans, who I personally think have a pretty strong case for ownership of the islands, but the British passport is something that is a good thing to have, whether or not you actually feel British.
The result of Oil in the Falklands is a good bounty for the UK, as it’s got a massive potential for a lot of oil and gas. Maybe I’ll work there in the future. But I honestly don’t see the Falklands being given up by Britain any time soon, and I don’t see Argentina making a move for them either. As long as they drink tea and complain about the weather (which, from Wikipedia seems as shit as ours) they are all right by me.
That's why my previously mentioned friend is well on her way to being "British", like it or not.