Independent Scotland will lose Orkney and Shetland
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark revives claim of right under 500 year old Udal Law to reclaim sovereignty of Shetland and Orkney Isles.
â€œA tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.â€ â€“ Ellen Glasgow
By Ilaf Maheedaf
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will have to hand back Shetland and Orkney according to Denmarkâ€™s British Ambassador.
In partnership with Norwayâ€™s King Harald V, the Danish regent Queen Margrethe II intends reviving the ancient rites of Udal Law which were ratified by the Scottish parliament in 1567.
According to Udal law, the Scottish parliament is legally bound to return the islands to Norway upon repayment of the Kalmar Union dowry following the betrothal of Margaret of Denmark to King James III of Scotland in 1468.
The Danish Queen claims to have in her possession authenticated copies of the 1575-7 Orkney & Shetland Lawbooks which allow the islands to revert to their previous territorial possession under the Kalmar Union.
Every copy of these books were believed destroyed by an agent of the Scottish crown, Patrick Stuart, around 1579.
But acclaimed Danish historian Olaf Gerritupyeson discovered copies of the books in the Soviet wartime archives in Moscow.
He believes the Nazis looted the historical lawbooks after the occupation of Denmark by the Wehrmacht in 1940.
Under the auspice of Udal law the Orkneys and Shetlands will revert back to Denmark and Norway on the repayment of the dowry believed to be around 10,000 Kroner.
It has been calculated that, due to interest rates and inflation, the figure could be as high as $3.7 billion dollars.
Norwegian Finance Minister SigbjÃ¸rn Jahnsen has already tabled a motion in Norwaysâ€™s parliament seeking permission to use monies from Norwayâ€™s Oil Fund on behalf of the Norwegian and Danish governments.
He said: â€œThis could be one of the most lucrative and ethical investments we make with our Investment Fund monies.â€
Controversially, historian David Starkey helped verify the authenticity of the lawbooks and the constitutional legality of the dowry repayments.
He said: â€œThere is no doubting the wording of the laws contained in these ratified lawbooks. Should Denmark or Norway make the requisite dowry repayment, Scotland must return the sovereign territories â€“ they have no right over the islands in any type of constitutional law.
â€œThe only contentious issue appears to be just how much the 10,000 Kroner would be worth in todayâ€™s currency.â€
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslip said: â€œWe are currently seeking alternative views on the legal implications of these laws.
â€œThe Scottish government is sure they wouldnâ€™t stand up to the rigours of modern International advocacy.â€