Falklands caught in the post Brexit Galileo space controversy
United Kingdom ministers are unilaterally considering stopping EU access to the Galileo satellite earth station in the Falklands and Ascension, according to reports in the UK press. The move comes after Brussels chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, stated that UK companies would have to be excluded from the development of sensitive Galileo infrastructure following Brexit due to security concerns.
Asked whether any approach had been made to Falkland Islands Government, FIG, regarding restriction of access to the earth station, which sits on FIDC land, Gilbert House did not immediately provide a comment.
Raising the matter in a Commons debate, Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynsky asked, “post Brexit, if the European Union restricts access to the Galileo satellite project, will the Minister undertake for us to restrict its access to the communications infrastructure of the Falklands and Ascension Island?”