Shetland Labour Party are happy to hear what the Wir Shetland group have to offer but would need to hear more detail from them in their manifesto before considering support.
We would like to see clearer costings of their proposals and more detail of the constitutional framework of their vision.
For example, how are local services such as health, education, ferries, housing, social care, policing, fire and ambulance, to be provided for? At present these are provided as part of UK or Scottish governance.
What sort of tax and pension schemes would operate? The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands offer offshore tax havens and very low tax rates; the Falkland Islands has economic and strategic importance and a third of its total population are British troops.
Presumably defence here would still be provided by the rest of the UK. And if we withdraw from the EU, will we still have a trade agreement with Europe?
Labour would need to hear clearer answer to these and other matters; at present, although support from EU, UK and Scottish governments is not always what we want it to be, we can at least make a response to them through elected representatives at MEP, MP, MSP and council level.
We would lose much of this if we were jingoistic and decided to “go it alone”.
Shetland Labour Party