Jeremy Corbyn agrees to debate Theresa May on BBC - on one condition

Deanna Kelley
December 2, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May is welcoming the agreement between Argentina and Britain for a new flight that will connect the disputed Falkland Islands with South America.

May landed at Ezeiza global airport ahead of the summit, where she was met by Argentine officials and local British government representatives.

The British PM will take part in the two-day leaders summit in Costa Salguero, before attending a cultural event and welcome gala - along with the other 19 leaders and invited guests - at the Teatro Colón.

British premiers on foreign visits are customarily dogged by questions about domestic issues back home.

"This is just the latest milestone on a path showing a strengthening of relations between the United Kingdom and Argentina", she added.

In a statement on Saturday, the BBC said its proposal includes a one-on-one debate as well as a chance to hear from "a wider range of voices".

Downing Street said the bilateral discussions were on trade and security, including "work to lay the foundations for an ambitious future UK/Australia free trade agreement". Britain is expected to announce that it will create a post of trade envoy to Buenos Aires following talks between May and Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Argentina still claims the islands, which it calls the Malvinas.

Britain's opposition Labour Party ramped up the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May Sunday, saying it will call a no-confidence vote if Parliament rejects her Brexit deal on December 11.

Argentina's then-ruling military junta invaded on April 2, 1982, but surrendered on June 14 to a British taskforce after a brief but intense and bloody war.

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However, the 3,400 Falkland Islanders insist their British sovereignty remains nonnegotiable and say a proper thaw in their relations with Argentina remains distant. 'We shouldn't expect anything about the substantive issue of sovereignty'.

Once Britain is outside the European Union in March 2019, the 27 other states will no longer be obliged to support London's sovereignty position.

How these MPs decide to vote could be crucial in determining whether Mrs May can get the deal through Parliament - or the difference between a narrow defeat and a huge loss. "The big prize for Britain is the prospect of very cheap agricultural imports". The president of Toyota said last month that a no-deal Brexit should be avoided at all costs.

Ties soured under his nationalist leftist predecessor Cristina Kirchner and her emotional demands for control of Britain's Falklands overseas territory.

Some 94 percent of fisheries exports go to the European Union, contributing 40 percent of the islands' gross domestic product and a third of government revenue.

Gyimah is the seventh member of May's Conservative government to quit over the Brexit deal.

Even so, establishing alternative trade links with Argentina seems a long way off. Pressed by Laura Kuenssberg on whether she would attempt to hold another vote, Mrs May - who is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a G20 summit of world leaders - said: "I'm focused on the vote that is taking place on 11 December and I want everybody who's going to participate, all members of Parliament, to focus on what this vote does".

The prime minister's team have told they think she will excel in the debate, as she has been fully dedicated to the Brexit deal.

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