Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Musician David Bowie weighed into the debate on Scottish independence by urging Scots to vote to remain within the U.K. in a referendum in September.
Bowie made his intervention as he accepted an award for best British male at the Brits music awards in London last night, in a statement read out by model Kate Moss, who collected the prize on his behalf.
“Thank you very, very much,” Bowie said. “And Scotland - - stay with us.”
The independence debate has stepped up this month, with U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne ruling out a currency union should Scots choose to go it alone in the Sept. 18 vote. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso raised the specter of Scotland being denied swift entry into the European Union. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond hit back against both arguments in a Feb. 17 speech.
A poll published today showed an increase in support for independence ground to a halt this month with backing for a break from the 307-year-old union unchanged at 29 percent after rising for three straight months. The proportion of voters wanting to keep the status quo stayed at 42 percent, the TNS survey found. The poll was conducted Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, before Osborne’s and Barroso’s interventions.
Bowie’s backing for keeping the U.K. together puts him at odds with Scottish celebrities including actor Sean Connery who’ve stated their support for independence.
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