The former chancellor branded the nationalists’ threat of a second referendum “wrong” as he argued in favour of the Shetland Islands severing ties from an independent Scotland.
The Tory peer, who was born in Lerwick, the islands’ main town, cited the Faroe islands and Denmark as a possible way Shetlanders could remain part of the UK.
Made up of 18 islands, the Faroes are part of Denmark but have control of their own domestic affairs and rejected EU membership when the Danes joined in 1973.
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I think it should be pursued if Scotland were independent
Speaking to the Shetland Times, Lord Lamont was in favour of such option being made available.
He said: “In the event of Scotland becoming independent if a majority of Shetland Islanders thought that was a sensible thing and a good thing, I think it should be pursued if Scotland were independent.
“I think looking for a Faroese-type devolution would be a perfectly legitimate thing to ask for.”
The Tory peer suggested the Shetland Islands would split from Scotland over independence
Lord Lamont, who backed Brexit but is against Scottish independence, insisted he was not trying to “stir it up” but “it’s always seemed to me an idea that was likely to rear its head again in the event of Scottish independence”.
He was quick to blast the SNP’s attempt to hold a second separation vote, just three years after Scot rejected the idea in 2014.
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He added: “I hope we won’t have a second referendum.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
“Referenda should be occasional, you can’t just keep testing public opinion until you get the answer you want – that’s quite a wrong way of proceeding.
“I think referenda ought to be rare events to measure the detail of public opinion.”
Meanwhile, support for the Shetland Islands remaining part of Britain is gathering momentum among islanders themselves.
Andrea Mason, a Shetland councillor and leading figure in the political movement Wir Shetland, described the islanders' plan to remain part of Britain as “wonderful”.
She said: “We would like control of the seabed around us, the fishing ground around us, and the freedom to get rid of some of the bureaucracy that comes down from the EU, Westminster and the Scottish parliament.
"Our seas are being plundered by foreign boats. We also contribute an enormous amount of money to the national economy through taxes, through the oil revenues, and yet we don't get back our fair share."