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Also in the News / Covid restriction uncertainty, vaccine passports, Skerries linkspan, crown dependency petition

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael MP.Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael.

Also in the News is our regular round-up of news snippets that didn’t quite made the ‘frontpage’.

  • Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has backed businesses which are concerned about the “confusing” plans to change Covid restrictions in the Scottish islands. Business groups including the Scottish Tourism Alliance have voiced frustrations that there is no clear path for the isles in coming out of lockdown.

  • Carmichael also joined a group of 70 MPs, organised by Big Brother Watch and Liberty, in pushing back against the idea of a “Covid pass” or vaccine passport – a certification scheme to force people to prove vaccination status in order to access services. He said it would be “inherently divisive”.

  • Work to install a newly-refurbished ferry linkspan in Skerries is due to take place between 3pm on 17 May and 9am on 21 May. The roro vehicle services at 2.30pm on 17 May and 9.30am on 21 May will be unaffected and will run as normal. The Skerries-Lerwick service on 19 May will operate as a foot passenger service only.

  • A petition calling on Westminster to allow Shetland a referendum on becoming a crown dependency of the UK has attracted 185 signatures from people across the country. The petition, created by Mike Smith, needs to secure 10,000 before the government will respond.
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Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021