Eddie Izzard launches new rally cry against Scottish independence: ‘Please don’t go’

The comedian urges Scots to “stay with us”

Eddie Izzard has a simple message for Scotland: “Please don’t go.”

The comedian was talking in Edinburgh as part of the Better Together campaign, which urges Scots not to leave the UK. The initiative calls for people living in England, Northern Ireland and Wales to join the independence debate, even if they do not have a vote in the referendum on 18 September (watch the video below).

“You can be Scottish, you can be British and you can be European. We can have that,” he said as he launched the campaign’s Scotland, please don’t go slogan. “I say have the parliament, have the more power, but be with us. Like David Bowie said, ‘Stay with us Scotland’ and I’m saying the same – don’t go.”

To prove his point, the transvestite painted a Union Jack and a European Union flag on his fingernails – a political statement about his identity as a “British European transvestite”.  Izzard has spoken out against Scottish independence before, arguing that there are "economic and practical reasons for sticking together".

“It is Scotland’s thing and I am an English man, but I am a British person,” he continued. “Scotland can have the best of both worlds. Scotland can have its own parliament, a strong voice, a strong cultural voice, but also the strength, security and the stability of being part of the UK. What happened during the Olympic games will not happen again without Scotland, it was a beautiful time.”

He recalled an anecdote from last summer when, while working in Edinburgh, he bonded with a Scottish taxi driver over Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win.

“It wasn’t me an Englishman saying, ‘Look you a Scotsman,’” he said. “We were British, Murray was winning and he was us and I think that is beautiful. If you go back into history of what used to happen between the English and the Scots, the war, the blood, the death, I think it’s beautiful that we’ve got into this position of being together.”

Izzard joins a slew of other high-profile names against Scottish independence including Sir Alex Ferguson, John Barrowman, Emma Thompson and Susan Boyle. Those for it include Sean Connery, Frankie Boyle and Alan Cumming.

Read more: Eddie Izzard campaigns against Scottish Independence: ‘The UK would feel a deep sense of loss if Scotland left’
Eddie Izzard: Why the Germans do have a sense of humour
Eddie Izzard: 'If I'm made Mayor of London I won't give up comedy'

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Compensation and Benefits Manager - Brentwood - Circa £60,000

£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Compensation and Benefits Manager - Compensat...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

Day In a Page

Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain