Scottish independence: One million Scots urged to sign 'yes' declaration

Politicians, actors, poets and musicians have joined members of the public in supporting the "yes" campaign for Scottish independence.

First Minister Alex Salmond led the launch of the campaign during an event at Cineworld in Edinburgh.

Many of the gathered publicly signed a declaration of support in favour of independence for Scotland. A referendum on the issue is scheduled to take place in autumn 2014. Here, are some of the names and faces who are backing the pro-independence cause.

Yes Declaration backers

Name What did they say? Name What did they say?
Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond: First Minister and SNP leader

"We unite behind a declaration of self-evident truth. The people who live in Scotland are best placed to make the decisions that affect Scotland. We want a Scotland that's greener, that's fairer and more prosperous. We realise that the power of an independent Scotland is necessary to achieve these great ends."

Sir Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery:

Actor and former James Bond star

"This is a historic day for Scotland. The Yes campaign has centred on a positive vision for Scotland. It is rooted in inclusiveness, equality and that core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future."

Patrick Harvie

Patrick Harvie:

Scottish Green Party co-convener and MSP

"Greens are not nationalists. In fact, we are probably more comfortable than most parties in acknowledging the range of views that exist in our membership and our voters about the question of independence. But I believe, as most of us do, that the range of powers currently still

held at Westminster simply make no sense from a Green perspective."

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming:

Scottish film, television and stage actor

"I believe that independence can only add to our potential and to release a whole new wave of creativity, ambition, confidence and pride. 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."

Dennis Canavan

Dennis Canavan:

Former independent MSP

"The Westminster parliament is completely out of touch with the people of Scotland. The Scottish parliament has proved to be far more radical and far more progressive than

Westminster."

Blair Jenkins

Blair Jenkins:

Former head of news at BBC Scotland and STV

"Right around Scotland today there are going to be an awful lot of people who are energised and excited by this. What we're trying to do is give them a way, very quickly, of registering their support."

Martin Compston

Martin Compston:

Actor and star of film Sweet

Sixteen.

"I believe we have the right to determine our own destiny. That's why I'm here today to say Yes and that's why I'll be saying Yes

in 2014."

Tommy Brennan

Tommy Brennan:

Ravenscraig trade unionist

"As a life-long trade union member with no political affiliation and speaking in a personal capacity, I am happy and comfortable to say yes to an independent Scotland."

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead:

Scotland's national poet

"As I have the honour for the next three-and-half years of being the Makar, it is very, very easy to fly the flag for the centrality of poetry which means truth in language to Scottish life. I am very, very happy and proud today to be wearing this badge and to say yes."

Brian Cox

Brian Cox:

Hollywood actor

"I think Scotland has earned the right to its own nation status. It has earned the right to control its own destiny. And it will certainly make a better job of it than that parliament [Westminster] which has not the foggiest clue about Scotland's cultural, economic and social needs."

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