Ewan McGregor says ‘it’s time’ for Scottish independence

‘Once Boris became prime minister, Scotland was like, ‘Right that’s it, we’re f***ing out of here,’ said the actor

Annabel Nugent
Sunday 13 September 2020 19:17
Ewan McGregor voices his support for Scottish Independence

Ewan McGregor has voiced his support for Scottish independence, stating that the Brexit referendum has changed his mind on the issue.

The Moulin Rouge actor said that “probably it’s time” for Scotland to leave the UK.

Speaking via video chat on the US talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, McGregor said, “I was always for keeping with the union, I think it worked, it works.

“Then after the Brexit vote I think for sure I’ve changed my tune about it. I think Scotland has been voting for a government that they haven’t been given for years.”

McGregor, who is originally from Perth in Scotland, explained, “We’re a very left-voting country, Scotland, and we’ve been under conservative rule for years.”

Actor starred in Danny Boyle’s iconic 1996 film ‘Trainspotting’

The Trainspotting star had previously spoken out against Scottish Independence. However, in a 2016 interview, he claimed that the Brexit vote in 2016 left him feeling  “totally confused”.

The 49-year-old said he was in Scotland filming T2: Trainspotting when the Brexit vote took place.

After looking at the map of areas that were voting leave, McGregor told Maher, “I thought that’s it, you know. The Scottish people want to stay in the European Union and the English don’t.”

He concluded, “So I just think, I think probably it’s time.”

“I think once Boris became prime minister, Scotland was like, ‘Right that’s it, we’re f***ing out of here,” the Star Wars actor laughed. 

McGregor has previously said that at the time of the Scottish referendum, he tried to steer clear of the independence debate because he was not allowed to vote in it and had not lived in Scotland since he was 17 years old.

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