Shetland votes for Britain to stay in the EU
Shetland has voted to remain in the European Union with 56.5 per cent of the vote.
A total of 12,231 ballot papers were counted with 6,907 votes in favour of staying in the EU, with 5,315 – 43.5 per cent in favour of leaving. The turnout was 70.4 per cent.
Earlier in the evening Orkney voted 63 per cent in favour of remaining.
Leave campaigner Brian Nugent said he was surprised by the result.
“I’m a bit surprised, I thought leave would win,” he said.
“However considering how it started in the ballot box sample it probably turned out a bit closer than it looked at one time.
“A huge percentage of people voted to leave in Whalsay and one or two other boxes.”
SNP member Robbie McGregor said he was delighted with the result.
“I believe this is a very positive result for Shetland,” he said.
“The consequences of leaving the European Union would [change] for our young people who have at the moment free travel without the encumbrance of visas.
“It is also the longest period of peace we have had in Europe.”
Mr McGregor was hopeful that Scotland at least was going to vote to stay in the EU.
Asked whether conflicting votes could spark another independence referendum he said:
“I believe the independence referendum is not something that’s on the agenda at this stage.
“I would expect that in the event of the UK voting to leave and Scotland voting to remain, I would expect Scottish government officials to immediately call negotiations with the EU for Scotland to remain part of the EU.
“There’s a precedence for this; and the references would be Greenland and Denmark.”