Shetland Islands could have their own independence referendum if Scotland leaves the UK

by Nina Glencross

The Shetland Islands could break away from Scotland if votes for independence in a second referendum, a former chancellor has suggested.

Lord Norman Lamont said the islands could have their own referendum to leave Scotland, in a bid to remain part of the UK in the event that Scotland becomes independent.

Speaking in a podcast for The Shetland Times, former Tory Lamont, who voted in favour of Brexit, claimed he was firmly opposed to Scotland leaving the UK.

The 74-year-old said that if a majority of islanders want to stay part of the UK they should be allowed to.

Lamont said: “If a majority of Shetland islanders thought that was a sensible thing, it should be pursued if Scotland were independent.”

He suggested the islands could adopt a similar situation to that of the Faroe Islands, which are part of Denmark but are closer to Scotland and Norway.

He said: “I think looking for a Faroese-type devolution would be a perfectly legitimate thing to ask for.”

The Faroe Islands have autonomy over their own domestic affairs and opted out of the EU .

Lamont insisted he was not trying to stir things up. He said: “I’m honestly answering the question as I see it.”

The Shetland Islands voted against independence in the 2014 referendum by 64 per cent to 36 per cent.

“It always seemed to me to be an idea that was likely to rear its head again in the event of Scottish independence.

But when it came to the subject of IndyRef2, he said: “You can’t just keep testing public opinion until you get the answer you want.”

 

Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017