In a surprise outcome to Sunday's sovereignty referendum, 98% of Falklanders have voted to ditch British nationality and to switch allegiance to the Caribbean.
Port Stanley gift shop owner, Peter Clarke summed up the islanders' mood. "We're fed up with Britain and Argentina fucking about in our affairs. All this cock waving about who owns our island has been wearing pretty thin these last 30 years. The people of the Falklands have sent a clear message to both sides, you can keep the fucking penguins, we're off to the sun".
Island farmers have already set about digging around the coastline and fishermen have been attaching ropes to prominent outcrops on the north side of the island.
Governor Nigel Haywood explained the plan. "As soon as we have the island free of the seabed, we'll have teams of rowers working around the clock in a bid to get the island moving up the Atlantic. We've calculated that with 30 crews each working 8 hour shifts, we can be somehere near Trinidad in time for the Summer tourists".
Both David Cameron and Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, have been quick to condemn the action.
In a statement, the Prime Minister said that without the Falklands being a major bone of contention in the South Atlantic, he'd have less chance to show how authoritative he can be with uppity foreign governments, which was not something he could let happen.
President Fernández meanwhile has said that Argentina's right to sovereignty of the Malvinas is indisputable and that she had sanctioned her military chiefs to draw up a plan for a pre-emptive strike on the Turks and Caicos Islands.