'Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom' is the proposed question for the for the Referendum on Falkland Islands Political Status to be held in early 2013 and Falklands residents have been invited to express their opinions on the proposed wording. Voters would be offered a 'yes' or 'no' response.
The plan is that should the majority of votes cast be against the current status, the Falkland Islands Government will undertake necessary consultation and preparatory work in order to conduct a further referendum on alternative options.
It is also proposed that the text accompanying the question will be as follows:The current political status of the Falkland Islands is that they are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The Islands are internally self-governing, with the United Kingdom being responsible for matters including defence and foreign affairs. Under the Falkland Islands Constitution the people of the Falkland Islands have the right to self-determination, which they can exercise at any time. Given that Argentina is calling for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, this referendum is being undertaken to consult the people regarding their views on the political status of the Falkland Islands. Should the majority of votes cast be against the current status, the Falkland Islands Government will undertake necessary consultation and preparatory work in order to conduct a further referendum on alternative options.
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