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Is North Sea oil owned by the shetland islands?

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2007-09-04 13:38:58

To answer this question you need to do some research into the

history of Udal Law in Shetland. The Shetland and Orkney Udal Law

group (SOUL) can be found on the Internet and highlights the main

points of the argument. Basically, although Shetland and Orkney are

acknowledged as being under Scottish rule since the annexation, the

annexation was not entirely legal. Shetland and Orkney were pledged

as part of a dowry payment in 1468/9 with the understanding that

sovereignty would not be handed over and the islands would be

redeemed at a later date when the money could be raised. The

Scottish Crown was fly - even though the Danish/Norwegian Crown

made several attempts to regain control of Shetland and Orkney, the

Scottish Crown refused. Shetland was increasingly brought under

Scottish rule and the issue of sovereignty was never fully

addressed. Under Udal law, outright ownership of land included the

seabed - so if Shetland is still legally Scandinavian and Udal law

has never been completely replaced, then the seabed around Shetland

belongs to Shetland and not to Scotland. North sea oil around the

Shetland basin therefore belongs to Shetland and the Scottish Crown

is well aware of this. To openly address the issue of Shetland's

sovereignty is thus to make this public knowledge...and the British

parliament wouldn't want would they?


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