Ewan McGregor says 'it's time' for Scottish independence because of Brexit

Danny Thompson
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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 2/5/20 Ewan McGregor is a guest on "Good Morning America," Wednesday, February 5, 2020 on ABC. GMA20 (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) EWAN MCGREGOR
Ewan McGregor on "Good Morning America", February 5, 2020. (Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images)

Actor Ewan McGregor has revealed he now supports the Scottish independence campaign, after previously believing the country should remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s independence referendum in 2014 saw 55 percent of voters favour a ‘no’ decision, but McGregor said things have changed since the 2016 Brexit referendum that saw the UK vote to leave the European Union.

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Talking from his California home on the Real Time with Bill Maher show, the Trainspotting star 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.”

Ewan McGregor in Revenge of the Sith (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)
McGregor in Revenge of the Sith (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox)

He added: “We were shooting the follow up to Trainspotting on the night of the Brexit vote. 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. 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***ing out of here’ you know?”

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McGregor admitted he had been left “totally confused” about Scottish independence after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

He told the Andrew Marr Show at the time: “The truth is I didn’t want Scotland to be independent in 2014. I didn’t understand how it was going to work.

“I was worried that Scotland would flounder if it was on its own and I believed in the union and I felt like we were stronger together. Then Brexit’s happened. Now I’m totally confused.”