Anon soldier during exercise on Falklands Onion Ranges 2 170217 CREDIT CROWN COPYRIGHT
Falklands

Brexit 'Will Not Compromise Defence' Of Falkland Islands, Commander Says

The Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands was speaking ahead of Liberation Day and six months into his posting.

Anon soldier during exercise on Falklands Onion Ranges 2 170217 CREDIT CROWN COPYRIGHT

A British soldier during exercise on Falklands Onion Ranges (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The officer in charge of the UK military in the Falklands has told Forces News defence of the islands is the "number one" priority.

Brigadier Nick Sawyer, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands said Brexit will not compromise the defence of the British Overseas Territory, whatever the outcome of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

"Number one overriding priority that is above anything else is the defence of these islands," Brig Sawyer said.

"Whatever happens, the defence of the Falkland Islands will not be compromised."

Brig Sawyer further assured the islanders that they can be "absolutely dependent on one thing, that we will defend these islands and we will be here to deter any aggression".

It comes during a time of uncertainty for the UK on how the country will come out of the European Union.

The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31 2019.

With just months before the deadline, Parliament is deciding on a new prime minister to help lead the negotiations and deliver a concrete deal for the British people.

But the countries government has said British troops will be in the Falklands for the "foreseeable future" Brig Sawyer confirmed.

He hoped in the future the military can integrate further with the local community and find new ways for the communities to work together.

For new recruits looking to settle in the Falklands, Brig Sawyer says they will be offered "responsibility probably above what they're expecting for the rank they hold".