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’
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