Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:45:07 +0200
- OH NO!!
#IndyRef 13 (5) Celebrities Weigh In on Historic Vote
Scores of Scottish celebrities, including Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle and David Beckham, have weighed in on the historic referendum that Scots will vote upon on Thursday to answer the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
The area has been part of the United Kingdom for 307 years. For centuries, scores of supporters have lobbied and even fought for Scotland's independence, as depicted in the Oscar-winning Mel Gibson movie Braveheart and the new Starz series Outlander.
More than 4.28 million people are registered to vote and if most of them choose to break away from the country, the U.K., which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will lose about 5.2 million citizens. The most recent polls suggest that 51 percent of Scots oppose the proposal. The polls close at 9 p.m. GMT (5 p.m. ET).
Stars who favor Scottish independence:
Scotland. Prove that there is a point by voting... pic.twitter.com/xDlYLTBoDu— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) September 18, 2014
Just going to work in my YES campaign tartan kilt! I've cried twice today already. pic.twitter.com/d9TduNXQAj— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) September 18, 2014
Celebrities who oppose Scottish independence and want the United Kingdom to remain united:
"We want to let you know how very much we value our relationship and friendship," David wrote in an open letter distributed by the pro-U.K. unity "Let's Stay Together" campaign, as reported by the U.K. Press Association. "Of course regardless of your decision that will never change, however, my sincere hope is that you will vote to renew our historic bond which has been such a success over the centuries and the envy of the entire world. "What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together.
"I'm very proud of my Scottish heritage," he said this summer, according to The Daily Mail. "My firm belief is Scotland should remain part of Great Britain."
"Thursday will be the biggest day in Scotland's history," she wrote in the U.K. newspaper The Mirror this week. "For what it's worth, I will be voting 'No.' I strongly believe Scotland should stay in the U.K."
"I am a proud, patriotic Scot, passionate about my heritage and my country but I am not a nationalist," she added. "We have still been able to retain our proud identity while being a part of Britain."