Ewan McGregor says he supports Scots independence after previously backing no


Ewan McGregor has thrown his support behind Scottish independence – despite previously wanting Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom.

The Scots actor was one of the big names to back a no vote in the 2014 referendum on Scotland’s future in the Union.

But in an interview on American television last night, the 49-year-old said that “it’s time” for Scotland to break away from the UK.

The Trainspotting and Star Wars actor, who is originally from Perth, said that the Brexit vote is his main reason for his change of heart on the debate.

The Scots actor said the Brexit vote was the main reason for his change of heart

Speaking from his Los Angeles home on Real Time with Bill Maher, he said: “I was always for keeping the Union because I think it worked – but after the Brexit vote I’ve changed my tune about it I think.

“I think Scotland has been voting for a government that they haven’t been given for years. We’re a very left voting country in Scotland and we’ve been under Conservative rule. I think probably enough is enough.”

McGregor told of how he was shooting Trainspotting 2 as the results of the EU referendum were coming through in 2016.

He went on to reference a map of the UK, which he claims to be an example of how Scotland and England are going in “different directions” politically.

McGregor was asked for his views on Scottish independence on Real Time with Bill Maher

“We were shooting the follow up to Trainspotting on the night of the Brexit vote”, he said.

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“They showed the people who voted to stay in Europe on a map in yellow and the people who voted to leave in blue. The map was split in half – Scotland was yellow and England was blue, apart from around London.

“I just thought, that’s it.”

He added: “I think we’re going in different directions, so I think it’s time. I just think probably it’s time.

“Once Boris became Prime Minister, Scotland was like ‘right, that’s it, we’re f*****g out of here’ you know?”

The actor’s comments came after a number of opinion polls found Scots to be in favour of leaving the United Kingdom in the case of a second referendum.

The 49-year-old star previously supported Scotland staying in the Union

A recent study from Survation found that 53% of respondents said they would vote yes in a rematch of the 2014 vote, compared to 47% saying no.

Nicola Sturgeon recently announced that her Government would publish a draft bill on a second referendum.





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