The current Foreign Minister in Mauricio Macri's departing Argentine government, Jorge Faurie, made the shocking claim after speaking to former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2018. Speaking to The Telegraph in October 2018, Mr Fauri said Argentina plans to “have a negotiation that will enable stronger relations between the people on the Falkland islands and the people on the Continent and we hope that the non-Brexit [no-deal] solution will enhance the possibility of that dialogue to be truly one with the results".
He continued: “If you think member states would not sustain the Malvinas [Falklands] claim in favour of the UK, we are there … to talk, to negotiate, to see what would be the best solution for the people in the islands to be much more in touch with Argentina.”
But this Brexit-inspired Falklands plot appears to have been in the pipeline since before Mr Fauri made his statement in 2018, as a year before, the former Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said Buenos Aires was following the Brexit negotiations "carefully" to see if the UK lost European support for its control of the Falklands.
In a statement made in response to Mr Fauri, the Foreign Office said: “There is no question of changing the status of the Falklands post Brexit.
Falklands news: Argentina are hoping the UK leaves with no deal (Image: getty)
Falklands news: Argentine departing President Macri (Image: getty)
"The UK government has been clear that our overseas territories, including the Falklands, will retain their current relationship with the UK after we leave the EU.”
Argentina's recent elections saw Macri's