Shetland and Scotland must not be dragged out of the EU against our will. Every avenue of negotiation must be explored.
The First Minister has said that the machinery for a second independence referendum must be in place before the UK implements Article 50 but she is not saying we will have one.
David Cameron has been advised that the Scottish government must be involved directly in discussions on the next steps the UK government intends to take.
Shetland and Scotland have voted clearly that they wish to remain in the EU. We want to explore every way of ensuring that the democratic will of the people of Shetland and Scotland is delivered.
This is a serious situation that we find ourselves in and I call on all politicians in Shetland to get behind the clear mandate of the Shetland people and ensure that we remain in the EU.
A further matter came to my attention at the weekend when I spoke with an EU citizen who lives and works in Shetland but is not in possession of a UK passport.
He told me that the Brexit vote in the UK made him feel unwelcome in the UK and he was unsure what the future holds.
I assured him that he and his family were welcome here in Shetland (and Scotland) and that SNP Shetland will support all persons who are in this position in Shetland.
I am delighted that Nicola Sturgeon has indicated strong support for EU workers living in Scotland.
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