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Following the resounding ‘yes’ vote, with 99.8% voting to remain a UK overseas territory in the referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron telephoned Gavin Short, the Chair of the Falklands Legislative Assembly, a short time ago.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister congratulated the Falklands government on an emphatic result as well as the high turn out, saying that he was ‘over the moon’ that the Islanders had voted so clearly to remain a UK overseas territory.
He also praised the way that the referendum had been carried out and said that he hoped that the outcome would be clearly recognised internationally.
Mr Short agreed, thanking the Prime Minister for Britain’s help and support. He said that the referendum had left a mark in the history books of the Falklands.
The Prime Minister said that the Islanders should be very proud and promised to continue to support and promote the Falklands, wishing the Islanders the best for their future.