Boris could visit the Falklands, ‘it’s a little quieter in Westminster now’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested he might be able to visit the Falkland Islands for the first time as “things are a little quieter in Westminster”.

Less than 24 hours after avoiding a no-confidence vote, the Tory leader said “things appear to be relatively peaceful”.

He narrowly won the vote 211-148, coming closer to falling than Theresa May did in 2018.

Tonight Mr Johnson spoke at an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the conflict over the Falkland Islands.

He said he was ashamed to say he hadn’t been to the British Overseas Territory.

But he added: “Now things are a little quieter in Westminster, maybe I can go too long.

“Things appear to be relatively peaceful.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a reception for Falkland veterans after they attended a special Beating Retreat ceremony hosted by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines in the Speaker's Court at the Palace of Westminster to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falkland Islands conflict . Picture date: Tuesday June 7, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Anne. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson described conditions in Westminster as ‘more peaceful’ in his speech (Image: PA)

Mr Johnson told the Speaker’s House audience that British forces had achieved in the Falklands War what “many thought impossible”.

He added that the Falklands War is about fighting for the “fundamental principle” that people everywhere have a “sovereign right to choose their own fate”.

He said: “As we look at the world today, we can see all too clearly how this principle is still in peril and still needs to be defended.

“There is always a dictator testing whether this country and our friends are really willing to stand up for this principle, which is the essential foundation of a peaceful world.

800 Squadron Sea Harrier aircraft landing on HMS Fearless L10 during the 1982 Falklands War. It failed to land on the damaged Sheathbill landing pad, the pilot was Lt-Cdr Neil Thomas. (Photo by Terence Laheney/Getty Images)

The Falklands War lasted 74 days and ended in an Argentine surrender (Image: Getty Images)

“Forty years ago, our armed forces in the Falkland Islands showed that we would stand up for what is right.”

The conflict had started after Argentina sent troops to the Falkland Islands and claimed sovereignty over British Overseas Territory.

The war resulted in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dispatching a military task force to retake the islands.

The war lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender on June 14th.

To mark the anniversary, the Royal Marines performed the Beating Retreat ceremony in the Speaker’s Court at the Palace of Westminster today.

The event was observed by the Princess Royal and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

That evening, Princess Anne said that in her experience, a visit to the Falkland Islands is always “worth the effort”.

“The islanders’ constant sense of gratitude and understanding for what has been achieved is still very strong. It’s always a pleasure to go there,” she said.

She also paid tribute to the veterans of the conflict, saying: “Your bravery and skills in combat have been thoroughly tested and found to be exemplary.

“And this nation owes you all a great debt of gratitude.”

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