Philip Hammond urged not to sell-out Falklands on historic visit to Argentina this week

Philip Hammond urged not to sell-out Falklands on historic visit to Argentina this week

Chancellor set to become the first member of the Cabinet to set foot in the country for 20 years

The Argentinian press are reporting he will be meeting a trio of Ministers in the “historical” visit to Buenos Aires on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Clarin newspaper noted Mr Hammond was among the front-runners to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister.

A meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri is also not being ruled out.

The trip is designed as a chance to drum up business for companies flying out with the Chancellor – such as the London Stock Exchange.

But it comes just months after Argentina claimed Brexit could end Europe’s support for UK control of the Falklands.

The country’s foreign minister Susana Malcorra said on a trip to Brussels in April: “The European Union, through its agreements, is connected very closely and strongly to the United Kingdom.

“It could be that things change there. But I think it is still quite early.

“Brexit is just starting and there are many issues. We are following it carefully.”

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