The Saudi Arabia of Marine Power

In reply to the announcement that the Crown Estates and the Scottish Executive plan to turn the Pentland Firth into the ‘Saudi Arabia of marine power’, Stuart Hill is making a legal challenge to the right of either authority to use at least part of those waters for such a purpose.

In defence of his position, Mr. Hill quotes, amongst other documentation, the 1669 Act of Annexation which, he says, declares Orkney and Shetland a direct dependency of the Crown and makes it impossible for Orkney and Shetland to have been included in the Act of Union. The implications are that the islands do not have to recognise the UK government or the EU as their superior and that the seas and sea bed surrounding them belong to the people of the islands.

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