Would Corbyn give the Falklands away? Labour leader says he would start the debate in 2013
The hard-left politician, who heavily opposed British troops thwarting Argentina’s failed invasion in 1982, insisted holding talks over the region’s sovereignty would be more proactive than building up arms to defend it.
Mr Corbyn, according to most high street bookmakers, is now favourite to become the next Prime Minister and replace Theresa May in Downing Street.
This would give him overall control of the United Kingdom’s overseas territories – which includes the Falklands and Gibraltar.
Speaking in 2013, Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Daily Politics: “There is a letter being produced by five Noble Peace Prize winners, all of whom suggest, without changing the question of nationality, there is room for some kind of discussion and debate – like the UN have constantly called for.
“Why can’t we respond to that letter, and work on that basis? Rather than upping the ante all the time and spending more and more money on arms.”
Mr Corbyn added: “Would it be the end of the world if we entered into a dialogue with Argentina?”
In the Eighties, Jeremy Corbyn was vocal about his opposition to the conflict and has since called for negotiations to include power-sharing deals with Argentina, which says it has a claim to the islands, despite them being British for the past 184 years.
The Labour leader is now closer to power than ever before in his 35-year career in the House of Commons, which has veterans of the Falkland conflicts fearing his leadership risks the islands’ sovereignty.
Major-General Julian Thompson, who led British forces in 1982’s Falklands war victory, said Mr Corbyn leading the UK filled him with horror.
He was responding to comments made by the Labour leader during his recent election campaign, where Mr Corbyn claimed the conflict was a “Tory plot”.
Major-General Thompson said: “I felt irritated, to put it mildly.
“Here is a chap who sets himself up as a socialist, and presumably therefore anti-fascist, who was prepared to see British people consigned to spending their lives under the rule of fascist junta.”