Falklands fury erupts as Argentina firmly rejects British migrant plan
Tory MPs last week urged ministers to send migrants illegally entering the UK by small boats to offshore centres at the Falkland Islands – a British overseas territory in the southwest Atlantic Ocean that has been the subject of conflict between Britain and Argentina since 1982.
Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, told The Guardian: "The only way we will put these people off is by giving them the message that if you come here you are going to be sent 8,000 miles away.
"I would be in favour of [using] the Falkland Islands."
His comments came amid increasing alarm in the Government over the rising numbers of people risking their lives by making the journey through the Channel in winter.
Argentine politician Gustavo Melella, the current Governor of Tierra del Fuego, condemned the UK's proposal, saying: "These statements demonstrate the contempt for human rights on the part of the most reactionary British political arc when their interests are at stake."
Drawing on history, Mr Melella wrote: "We have already seen how British colonial action and its archaic imperial pretensions use populations as a bargaining chip.
"The expulsion of Mauritians of Chagossian origin from their homes to rent a military base to the US is a clear example."
Britain bought the Chagos islands for 3 million pounds from Mauritius to form the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in 1965.
This led to the displacement of about 2,000 Indigenous Chagossians between 1967 and 1973 from their tropical homes to Mauritius and Seychelles to make way for a US military base on one of the 65 Chagos islands.
Mr Melella continued: "The UK must be held accountable for the disasters its policies create in other countries and, in turn, meet its obligations to end colonialism in all its forms."
He accused London of faking a "modern relationship" with "its so-called illegal colonies" and said its policies belonged to a "centuries-old archaic colonial system".
He claimed: "Decisions about what happens are made exclusively by the metropolis.
"I express my deepest repudiation of the statements made by British parliamentarians who not only intend to violate the human rights of people who, fleeing humanitarian catastrophes, are seeking asylum, but who also intend to take measures contrary to the resolutions of the United Nations that prevent changes until the Islands are decolonised."