Shetlander portrait by London photographer Jonathan Browning
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"Brexit... I struggle to see why we should be giving up the customers we've got for the product we produce, what business does that?!"


David Smith - Crofter. Southern Shetland. 

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"Brexit... I struggle to see why we should be giving up the customers we've got for the product we produce, what business does that?!"


David Smith - Crofter. Southern Shetland. 

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Portraits with quotes from residents of the remote Shetland Isles. 


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Like Scotland, Shetland backed Remain despite the islands large fishing fleet which had the loudest Leave voice in the referendum. 


Now the islanders face an uncertain future and are at risk of becoming even more isolated. 


To see my video project on this story please check it out here with DER SPIEGEL. 


All images © Jonathan Browning

Shetlander portrait by London photographer Jonathan Browning
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"I will always have work whatever happens with Brexit"


Peter Bowles, grave digger. Quarff, Shetland. 

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"I will always have work whatever happens with Brexit"


Peter Bowles, grave digger. Quarff, Shetland. 

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Shetlander portrait by London photographer Jonathan Browning
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"So far, I'm fairly confused over the negotiations and I'm not convinced that the outcome will be in Shetland's favour."

Frank Wiseman, Retired crofter. Shetland. 

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"So far, I'm fairly confused over the negotiations and I'm not convinced that the outcome will be in Shetland's favour."

Frank Wiseman, Retired crofter. Shetland. 

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"I voted leave, primarily because of the fishing industry and the continual degradation of the fishing fleets and fishing grounds by the EU"


Pat Cerasale - originally from Florida. Unst, Shetland.

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"I voted leave, primarily because of the fishing industry and the continual degradation of the fishing fleets and fishing grounds by the EU"


Pat Cerasale - originally from Florida. Unst, Shetland.

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"I'm afraid I am not a big fan of Brexit, like most people in Scotland there is a closer affinity with the continent ...currently I think the country is on a collision course"


Mike McDonnell - Artist. Yell, Shetland.

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"I'm afraid I am not a big fan of Brexit, like most people in Scotland there is a closer affinity with the continent ...currently I think the country is on a collision course"


Mike McDonnell - Artist. Yell, Shetland.

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Shetlander portrait by London photographer Jonathan Browning
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"Europe is just a big big waste of money, my idea (opinion) and I've never been in favour of it"


George Anderson and family - Skipper. Whalsay, Shetland.

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"Europe is just a big big waste of money, my idea (opinion) and I've never been in favour of it"


George Anderson and family - Skipper. Whalsay, Shetland.

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"no comment"


Andrew White - Skipper.  Shetland.

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"no comment"


Andrew White - Skipper.  Shetland.

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"My hopes for Brexit would be a more stable fishing industry but its very uncertain and no one can tell you whats really going to happen ... hopefully its a good outcome but I suppose its a gamble"

Arthur Polson, Skipper. Shetland.  

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"My hopes for Brexit would be a more stable fishing industry but its very uncertain and no one can tell you whats really going to happen ... hopefully its a good outcome but I suppose its a gamble"

Arthur Polson, Skipper. Shetland.  

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"I think it is a mistake for the UK to leave the EU." 


Natalie Law and Ivan Shek - Restaurant owners. Lerwick, Shetland.

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"I think it is a mistake for the UK to leave the EU." 


Natalie Law and Ivan Shek - Restaurant owners. Lerwick, Shetland.

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 "I voted remain. I'm worried, I can’t see how Shetland can be better off out of Europe"

Emma Niven, Unst, Shetland. 

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 "I voted remain. I'm worried, I can’t see how Shetland can be better off out of Europe"

Emma Niven, Unst, Shetland. 

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"I'm happy with the way things are, I hope it doesnt change too much after Brexit"


Kenny Pottinger - Mussell farmer.  Scalloway, Shetland 

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"I'm happy with the way things are, I hope it doesnt change too much after Brexit"


Kenny Pottinger - Mussell farmer.  Scalloway, Shetland 

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"After Brexit Im worried some nationalities are just not going to be here anymore, and that would be a loss for Shetland, its not good for Shetland or the country, I dont believe in it"


Katja Stuebiger - German national. Lerwick, Shetland. 

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"After Brexit Im worried some nationalities are just not going to be here anymore, and that would be a loss for Shetland, its not good for Shetland or the country, I dont believe in it"


Katja Stuebiger - German national. Lerwick, Shetland. 

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"Brexit will take time and time works against the economy"

Dutch national Pieter Van Mill. Yell, Shetland.

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"Brexit will take time and time works against the economy"

Dutch national Pieter Van Mill. Yell, Shetland.

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"Definitely there will be a change in my life but at the moment I can only wait and see what happens" 


Lukasz Strachanowski - Polish national. Lerwick, Shetland.

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"Definitely there will be a change in my life but at the moment I can only wait and see what happens" 


Lukasz Strachanowski - Polish national. Lerwick, Shetland.

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