Ewan McGregor, speaking from Los Angeles, has voiced his support for the SNP’s campaign for Scottish independence. The Hollywood celebrity has changed his mind on the issue, after arguing against independence during the 2014 independence referendum. He singled out the Brexit vote as the decisive moment that changed his moment, saying “enough was enough”.
The Scottish actor, who lives in California, told late night show host Bill Maher on US television “probably it’s time” for Scotland to leave the UK.
The Moulin Rouge star said, “I was always for keeping with the Union, I think it worked.
“Then after the Brexit vote I think for sure I’ve changed my tune about it. I think Scotland has been voting for a government that they haven’t been given for years.
“We’re a very left voting country Scotland, and we’ve been under Conservative rule for years all through my childhood and still today so I think really enough is enough.”
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McGregor continued: “The Scottish people want to stay in the European Union, and the English don’t. So I just think we’re going in different directions.
“So I think probably it is time.”
To the laughter of the US audiences, the 49-year-old added: “I think once Boris became prime minister, Scotland was like, ‘Right that’s it, we’re f****** out of here.”
The news delighted SNP activists, with the video quickly circulating on official SNP accounts.
However, Brexiteers and unionists ridiculed the latest independence supporter, pointing out that McGregor haS not lived in Scotland since he was 17 years old.
One person said: “Good of Ewan McGregor to voice his support for Scottish independence from his vantage point in the Hollywood hills. I’m sure the SNP will want the LA Scottish voting.”
Another remarked: “Orkney and Shetland are leaving but hey, Ewan McGregor’s on board!”
Others added: “Remind me where Ewan McGregor actually lives? Scotland? I don’t think so…”
The latest polling found that 53 percent of likely Scottish voters would choose independence at a new referendum, while 47 percent would back the No side.
The Survation poll of 1018 people, carried out between September 2-7, is the seventh in a row to put Yes in the lead.