And just to make sure we all understand the difference between the Falklands war that Michael Howard referred to and the current stand-off. In 1982, the military dictatorship in Buenos
Aires, with their back to the wall did what many regimes do in these circumstances do – try to get an easy win in “foreign policy” by invading the Falklands. The UK reacted swiftly and forcefully – and correctly in my opinion though
I found myself in a minority in my high school class surrounded by peace loving fellow students who defended Argentina’s right to an island, 500 kilometers away from the continent, which had never really been party of Argentina in the first place. The
current stand-off is based on a sentence in the draft of the EU’s negotiation guidelines that states the obvious – Spain (like 26 other EU countries) has a veto right over any post-Brexit deal between the UK and the EU. And while it can be interpreted
as an early diplomatic snub to the UK, it will not be the last one – as everyone predicted, the negotiating powers have shifted from London to Brussels and 27 EU capitals after 29 March. Threatening to send in the troops won’t change that!