Sir Billy Connolly reveals he’s ready to switch his support in favour of Scottish independence amid fears over Brexit
SCOTS comic Sir Billy Connolly has revealed he’s ready to switch his support to indy amid fears over Brexit.
The Big Yin is warming to the Yes camp as he believes leaving the EU would be a “disaster”.
The Scot says he may have changed his mind nowPA:Press Association
The comic legend, 75, who didn’t vote in the 2014 referendum, has previously been a critic of nationalism and dubbed Holyrood a “wee, pretendy parliament”.
But in new book Made in Scotland, he wrote: “The most important thing for Scotland is keep our contact with Europe. Scots voted to stay in Europe, and if the only way for us to do that is to become independent from England, that may just be the way to go.
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“And I never thought I would say that.”
He added: “One thing I’ve never had any interest in is hating England, and the English. I like Thomas Hardy as much as Robert Burns.
“As an Anglophile, I’ve never shouted for independence but I might be changing my mind now.
“The Brexit vote is a disaster and the breaking up of the togetherness of Europe is a crime bordering on a sin.
“I think the more people are together, not separate, the happier they will be.”
His comments were welcomed by Nats figures.
MP Carol Monaghan said: “Many people I speak to in the academic community are, like Billy, rethinking their position on independence.
“Facing a brutal Brexit, with the accompaniment of the most dangerous xenophobia, people are now considering which union is most important to them.”
Thousands of Indy supporters marched in Edinburgh earlier this monthAlamy Live News
MSP Pete Wishart added: “It’s only going one way.”
It comes after Sir Billy claimed nationalism was “paved with fools” in 2014.
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He added: “I’m deeply suspicious of patriotism. People following the band. I don’t want to be a part of it.”
A recent poll by The Scottish Sun suggested Brexit could lead to a 50/50 split on independence — with a No Deal swinging it 52/48 to Yes.
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