PUBLISHED: 08:45, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:52, Thu, Sep 10, 2020
As the First Minister ploughs ahead with her own desperate plans for a second Scottish independence referendum in the wake of Brexit, residents on the rugged island think they too would be better off alone. So much so, members of Shetland Islands Council have approved a motion to begin “exploring options for achieving financial and political self-determination”.
The move could trigger a Shetland Islands referendum to unshackle themselves from Scotland.
Twenty-two councillors backed the motion, which reads: “We believe that Shetland has the wherewithal to have a positive future.
“However, in recent times we have seen more and more decision making being centralised and public funding being consistently reduced.
Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure after it emerged the Shetland Islands could hold a referendum (Image: GETTY )
Shetland Islands Council have approved a motion to begin “exploring options for achieving financial and political self-determination” (Image: GETTY )
“We are concerned that this ongoing situation is seriously threatening the prosperity, and even basic sustainability, of Shetland as a community.
“In order to look at alternatives to ensure Shetland can reach and maintain its full potential, we, the undersigned, move that: ‘The Shetland Islands Council formally begins exploring options for achieving financial and political self-determination.’”
It appears residents and councillors hope to adopt a similar path taken by the Faroe Islands, which have autonomous status within the Kingdom of Denmark.
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The motion could trigger a Shetland Islands referendum to unshackle themselves from Scotland (Image: GETTY )
Growing frustration over reduced government funding from Holyrood and centralised decision making has triggered the move.
The power struggle is also engulfed around the islands, which land more fish than ports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.
It is geographically and culturally closest to Scandinavia