Penguin News journalist Lisa Watson criticized the British prime minister’s lack of political support for the economic consequences of the deal.
Brexit continues to generate internal repercussions in the United Kingdom, especially after the agreement with the European Union excluded the Falkland Islands.
In this context, the director of the main Malvinas newspaper Penguin News, Lisa Watson published an editorial in which she harshly criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson for “not having negotiated on our behalf.”
The main criticism points to the fact that exports from the European Union are now subject to tariffs because “the United Kingdom did not obtain an agreement on behalf of the Malvinas in relation to Brexit” and maintains that among the islanders that make up the Legislative Assembly (MLA) there is “disappointment and frustration.”
The Malvinas exports fish and meat to the EU and now foresees tariffs of between 6 and 18% on exports of seafood and an average tariff of 42% for meat exports to the European bloc.
Watson cites an MLA article that says: “First of all, it is important to record how disappointed and frustrated we are that the agreement between the UK and the EU does not include provisions for the Falkland Islands or other Overseas Territories (OT ); As a result, our EU exports are now subject to tariffs. ”
The text highlights that the MLAs have represented the interests of the fisheries and agricultural sectors for the past four years and notes: “We were never in a position to negotiate directly on our behalf. So our first challenge was to get UK government officials to understand the impact a no-deal Brexit would have on the Falkland Islands. “
The journalist, very athletic and born in the Falklands in 1969, recounted the efforts made by the MLA for the British authorities to measure the negative effect of Brexit that does not consider them as British commercial territory and stated that officials of the FCDO (Office Development Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) visited the Islands in 2018 and held meetings with the Association of Fishing Companies of the Falkland Islands (FIFCA) Meat Company of the Falkland Islands (FIMCO) South Atlantic Environmental Research Institution (SAERI) Tierras de las Malvinas Holdings (FLH) and Falklands Conservation, among others ”.
Watson recounted that this plan was presented to the UK government and several meetings were held with politicians all of whom encouraged the Prime Minister to “intervene on behalf of the Falklands.” “It was all in vain. Unfortunately, despite our best and sustained efforts, the UK government was unable to secure an agreement on our behalf, ”they lamented.
The editorial asks, where does the Falklands go from here? “We will not give up. We do not accept that tariffs on our exports to the EU are the new status quo. Our priority now is to make sure no stone is left unturned to ensure the removal of these tariffs as soon as possible and we have already started collaborating with the UK government to present this case, “the journalist replied.
Lisa Watson recalled that “from January 1, 2021, our seafood entering the EU will be subject to the Common External Tariff, between six and eighteen percent. There may also be other operational implications for the sector ”. “The impacts will be felt throughout the industry immediately and will have an instant impact on the overall profitability of all Falkland Islands fishing companies,” he lashed out.
Finally, the journalist from the Port Stanley-based outlet stated: “It is disappointing and worrying that the Government of the United Kingdom has not been able to protect our position in the negotiations, despite the enormous effort made over several years by the Government of the Falkland Islands. and the support of many politicians in Westminster and Brussels ”. “We are committed to working with the government of the Falkland Islands to urgently seek a way forward with the goal of achieving the elimination of the imposed fees as soon as possible and we look forward to hearing from our government what actions they will take to mitigate the impact. of this situation on the future prosperity of our industry ”, culminated.
Sources close to the Secretariat for Malvinas Affairs led by Daniel Filmus revealed that “what Brexit shows removes the general support of the European Union from the United Kingdom in general, as happened in the vote referring to the Mauritius Islands where Great Britain lost 114 to 6 with the support of a single European country: Hungary ”. In relation to the Malvinas, they consider that the agreement affects the islanders economically but also politically because it is clear that the government did nothing. “They are in a situation prior to 1982 when they were considered second-class citizens,” he says from the specialized secretariat that depends on the Chancellery.
In the government they observe the opportunity to reinforce the claim of sovereignty in the different international forums but above all with the European Union and highlight the inclusion of the recognition of Argentine legislation on the Malvinas in the Mercosur-EU agreement and anticipated that there will be a Mercosur agreement -United Kingdom in which they do not include the Falklands. Mexico and Turkey also put the same conditions.
In turn, the resolution of the European bloc to characterize the conflict in Gibraltar as a bilateral negotiation between the United Kingdom and Spain is another sign of loss of support that excites Argentina.