Call for federal Britain as way ahead
Better Together supporter councillor Theo Smith was “obviously delighted” with the referendum result but called for greater devolution of powers, or independence would become an issue again.
Following the Lerwick declaration Mr Smith said: “I think that the margin has been greater than I originally thought it was going to be.
“I think that it was down to the silent majority in Shetland that just get on with it and do not make much of a work about it and I think that’s come through here tonight. The vocal people have not produced the result that they were wanting.”
Mr Smith said that it was necessary for Westminster to now “address properly” the needs of Scotland and I think if they did not do that “we may be coming around with something like this again.”
“I think that there has to be a political change, not only throughout Scotland but in Britain. I would like to see a federal Britain with its own parliaments in all four countries on a federal basis.”
Shetland chairman of the Liberal Democrats Theo Nicolson said: “This has been a tremendous shot in the arm for democracy. At 80 plus per cent there has never been such a turnout in generations.
“It has been a fantastic result for Shetland. As I witness the results coming in throughout Scotland I am sure it will be a no vote tomorrow.”
Highland and Islands list MSP Jean Urquhart said that it was a “really interesting result for Shetland.”We knew Shetland would be a tough nut to crack as resisting independence.”
She added: “I think that politics has taken a bit of a shift. I think the yes movement here as in elsewhere in Scotland has been remarkable. There are a greater number of folk in Scotland aware of the political situation than there were before.”