Ewan McGregor comes out in support of Scottish Independence

The Trainspotting star has said that he changed his mind on the issue after Brexit.

By Rachel Mackie
Saturday, 12th September 2020, 8:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th September 2020, 8:06 pm

Scottish movie star Ewan McGregor has voiced his support for Scottish Independence claiming that the Brexit vote had changed his mind on the issue.

Appearing via video chat on the USA show Real Time With Bill Maher, the Trainspotting actor said: “I was always for keeping the Union, I think it worked, it works.

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“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.

“We’re a very left voting country Scotland and we’ve been under conservative rule for years.”

Ewan McGregor, originally from Perth, had initially spoken out against Scottish Independence at the time of the 2014 referendum, but admitted that after Brexit, he felt “totally confused” about his stance.

He said that he was in Scotland filming the movie T2: Trainspotting in 2016 when the Brexit vote took place.

After seeing the map of the areas that wanted to remain in the EU, and the areas that wanted to leave the EU, he said: “I thought that’s it you know.

“The Scottish people want to stay in the European Union and the English don’t.

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

The 49 year-old actor is famous for his role as Mark Renton in the Trainspotting movies, as well as playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars franchise.

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