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Paul McCartney of ‘the Beatles’ Not Marching to the Beat of Scottish Independence

September 3, 2014


By James Krotz

Beatles star Paul McCartney became the latest high-profile figure to sign a letter calling on Scottish voters to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom in a vote on independence in two weeks.  The lead singer of the Beatles, who is a native of Liverpool in England, joins a growing list of British celebrities to sign the so-called “Letter to Scotland”, urging citizens to remain a part of the UK.  Other big names include actress Dame Judi Dench, Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.  Many believe that the difficulties of separating from the rest of the UK are too great.


The “Letter to Scotland” is a part of the “Let’s Stay Together” campaign, a national effort by British and Scottish opponents of separation.  The letter is addressed to the voters of Scotland, reading “The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone.  Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom.  We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them.  What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.”

The referendum, scheduled for September 18th, will determine whether or not Scotland has enough popular support to become its own country.  Only citizens of the UK with a permanent address within Scotland are eligible to cast a ballot.  If adopted, the referendum will then be taken to Parliament, who will have the ultimate say in whether or not independence is adopted.

Many questions would face the fledgling Scottish nation, including adopting a new currency, NATO and EU membership, disputed North Sea oil rights, and exports, to name a few.


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