Islands to become independent country?

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The Scottish Parliament today published a petition requested by islanders on Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles who are calling for referenda to be held on the status of each of the island groups.

The petition is open for online signature by everyone who supports the idea of referenda to be held on 25 September 2014, one week after the Scottish independence referendum.

If the petition is successful, residents will be asked to choose between the following options:

1) do you wish the island group become an independent country? and

2) do you wish the island group stay in Scotland?

If the result of the Scottish independence the previous week was “Yes”, there will also be a third option:

3) do you wish the island group to leave Scotland and stay in the remainder of the UK?

To sign the petition, it is not necessary to be a current resident on one of the islands.

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support”, says Catriona Murray, Secretary of the group Referenda On The Islands (ROTI).

“We have received messages of support from people with islands connections living in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wales, England, and from one very enthusiastic 80-year old Shetland lady in New Zealand.”

“We believe that it is up to islanders to decide, and that now is the time to do so. Our own group includes supporters of all three options.”

The webpage for the petition is at: or