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JK Rowling joins stars divided over Scottish independence

Harry Potter author supports No vote, donating £1m to Alistair Darling's Better Together campaign

JK Rowling has thrown her support behind the campaign against Scottish independence, donating £1m to Better Together. Her donation is the largest single gift given to the Better Together campaign, run by former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling. In a statement on her website, Rowling, who has lived in Scotland for 21 years, said she came to the question of independence with an "open mind" but the more she listened to the Yes campaign, the more she worried about its "minimisation and even denial of risks". The Harry Potter author is one of several celebrities to publically declare their views on the future of Scotland:

No to Scottish independence

David Tennant
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:Actor David Tennant arrives at the National Television Awards held at O2 Arena on January 20, 2010 in London, England.(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) *** Local


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"I had no great sense of nationalism when I was in Scotland, and I could never understand why the SNP were banging on about it. I was like, why do we want to become smaller? Surely we want to expand and look outward? Let's go into Europe and be one big happy family!"

JK Rowling
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:Author J.K. Rowling attends photocall ahead of her reading from 'The Casual Vacancy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 27, 2012 in London, England.(Photo


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"This separation will not be quick and clean: it will take microsurgery to disentangle three centuries of close interdependence, after which we will have to deal with three bitter neighbours."

Billy Connolly


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"I don't believe in having more layers of government that ordinary people will have to pay for. I think it's time for people to get together, not split apart."

Rod Stewart
British rock and pop singer Rod Stewart performs on stage, on July 6, 2013 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE(Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)


2013 AFP

"I'd hate to see the Union broken after all these years — and I don't think it will happen."

Emma Thompson
British actress Emma Thompson arrives on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE(Photo credi


2014 AFP

"Why insist on building a new border between human beings in an ever-shrinking world where we are still struggling to live alongside each other?"

Yes to Scottish independence

Sean Connery
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:Actor Sean Connery watches the men's singles final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fifteen of the 2012 US Open at US


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"As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss."

Irvine Welsh
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 31:Author Irvine Welsh poses at the Dominion Theatre as he returns for an exclusive screening of 'Trainspotting' on August 31, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Trains


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"I'm totally for independence, totally. I think everyone is, even the unionists. It's the process which is being argued about, not the principle."

Alan Cumming 
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:Actor Alan Cumming attends The Moet & Chandon Suiteat USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2013 in New York City.(Photo by Brad Barket/Gett


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"The Yes campaign for Scottish independence is, to me, the epitome of hope, optimism and positivity and I believe that independence is best for Scotland."

Brian Cox
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:Actor Brian Cox ,attends a fundraiser to benefit PEN USA's Freedom to Write Program at the Luxe Hotel on June 7, 2005in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Frazer Harr


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"This whole argument has nothing to do with the pound. It’s not about any of these things they say are important; it's about the Scottish people trying to join up the dots back to the Treaty of Arbroath, and trying to get back to egalitarian principles, which is so present in the Scottish character."

Frankie Boyle
Frankie Boyle on Never Mind The Buzzcocks

"It's an 'aye' from me, man."

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