Ah, the Falklands A cold small piece of rock more wanted for reasons of nationalism than actual worth... but wasn't a load of oil discovered in the vinicity? Oh dear. Hopefully the stuff won't be able to get extracted due to being too far down. Yes, I'm a Brit - but I frankly don't care for a small relic of a imperial leftover. If the Argies would simply offer a deal - say, 99 year leaseback, another 50 years after that 'garantee of customs' (like, say Hong Kong), I think London would accept that. We budge on the whole ownership thing and they budge on the fact the locals feel 100% British. Yes, the island's economy is similar to some old colonies - it's under a stronghold of a small cabal of businessmen from London. Yes, the island's population are settlers - but the islands had no indigenous population. Yes, Spain first settled them. Yes, Argentina claimed them as a successor to the Spanish Empire in the 1800's. Then that American naval captain sailed in and kinda destroyed everything. It was this act of American piracy that allowed the Brits to slink back in 1833. But almost the whole population now is decended from Brits - not from the mainland or Spain. But remember - the whole world would be even more bloody than it is today if 200-year old land scraps were all re-opened.