Sean Connery Gets Support From Hollywood Stars In Fight For Scotland Independence

Sean Connery dreams of an independent Scotland and said the opportunity to break the union with England is “too good to miss,” and now the star is getting some high-profile support in his bid.

The 83-year-old actor, who was born in Scotland but now lives in the Bahamas, has been a long-time supporter of separation from England. In a recent message, he said that making Scotland an independent country would boost artistic creation and even prompt him to move back to his native land.

“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,” Sean Connery wrote in an article published on the New Statesman website on Tuesday.

“Simply put — there is no more creative an act than creating a new nation,” he wrote, adding, “More than anything else, culture defines a country. It provides international visibility and stimulates global interest more than a nation’s politics, business or economy ever can.

“So, with our colourful history, strong identity, deep rooted traditions, a commitment to artistic innovation and diverse and beautiful landscapes, Scotland is truly blessed.”

Residents in Scotland will vote in September on whether to end the 307-year union with England. Sean Connery is not the only one advocating for a split. Several politicians have voiced his support, and 100 different artists came together to advocate for a free and independent Scotland.

“I believe that independence can only add to our potential and to release a whole new wave of creativity, ambition, confidence and pride,” wrote actor Alan Cumming “The evidence is clear – in the past 15 years we have become stronger economically, socially, culturally and globally. The world is waiting for us and I know Scotland is ready.”

But not everyone is joining Sean Connery in advocating for an independent Scotland. Corporate heavyweights like the Edinburgh-based Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland have voiced concerns about uncertainties over currency and taxes in an independent Scotland.