House of Lords written question – answered on 4th June 2013.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to impose sanctions on Argentina's exports to the United Kingdom if that country continues to claim the Falkland Islands.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor of the Falkland Islanders’ right to decide their own future and their clear wish to remain an Overseas Territory of the UK, as expressed through the referendum held in March 2013. The Government actively challenge any statements issued by the current Government of Argentina suggesting otherwise.

As a member of the EU, the Government implement trade sanctions in accordance with agreed EU procedures. Imposing a sanctions regime on Argentina would breach our World Trade Organisation treaty commitments and risk escalating a trade dispute.

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