Lerwick Declaration

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The Lerwick Declaration refers to an announcement made by First Minister Alex Salmond on behalf of the Scottish Government on 25 July 2013, which revealed that a ministerial working group would examine the prospect of decentralising power to Shetland, Orkney, and the Western Isles.[1]

The declaration was made in response to the Our Islands - Our Future campaign launched in June 2013,[2] in which the leaders of Scotland's island councils—Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar—called for greater autonomy for the islands. The campaign was designed to capitalise on discussions raised by the 2014 Scottish independence referendum,[3] though the campaign itself is neutral on the topic of Scottish independence.[4]

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  1. ^ "Scottish ministers to look into extra powers for isles". BBC News Online. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Isles welcome Salmond's 'Lerwick Declaration'". Shetland News. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  3. ^ "The Highland Line: The Lerwick Declaration is a win-win for our island communities". The Herald. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ "SNP keen on greater isles autonomy, says First Minister in 'Lerwick Declaration'". The Shetland Times. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.