LIVE: EU referendum count from Clickimin
The polls have closed and ballot boxes from around the isles are now on their way to Lerwick to be counted. Local results are expected to be announced at around 2.30am, with the larger picture forecast to become clear by 7am. To see whether Shetland has voted to embrace its European ties or ditch the bureaucracy be sure to refresh this page for regular updates as The Shetland Times reports live from the count at Clickimin.
22:30 – The first boxes have arrived from Lerwick. Early indications suggest Remain in the lead nationally.
22:53 – By 5pm today 43 per cent of Whalsay’s postal votes had been received. This is a rise of 18 per cent from last month’s Scottish Parliament elections.
23:17 – Boxes have arrived from all areas but South Nesting, Lunnasting, the North Isles and Symbister. No official word as yet but Remain appears to have a comfortable lead.
23:43 – ADAM GUEST has been talking to spectators at the Clickimin to gauge their opinions.
00:10 – Orkney votes 63 per cent to 37 per cent in favour of Remain. This follows wins for Remain in both Newcastle and Gibraltar.
00:14 – Counting officer Jan Riise has just announced the turnout figures for Shetland. 12,231 votes have been cast from an eligible electorate of 17,375. Turnout 70.4 per cent.
00:52 – Speculative mutterings suggest Remain could win Shetland by around 7 per cent. Results expected just before 2am.
01:10 – ADAM GUEST has been talking to high school students who have come to spectate but were unable to vote.
01:13 – Shetland has voted to remain a member of the European Union. 6,907 (56.5) votes were cast in favour of remain while 5,315 (43.5) voted to leave.
01:20 – Interestingly, there are suggestions that the Whalsay vote was as much as 82 per cent in favour of Brexit.
01:50 – Reaction to Shetland’s declaration.
For further analysis and to see how Shetland’s vote impacted on the national picture be sure to check the Shetland Times website, Facebook and Twitter later today.