Scottish independence: Sir Paul McCartney urges Scots No vote

Sir Paul McCartney at the Times Union Centre, Albany, New York, on 5 July 2014 Sir Paul has added his name to an open letter to voters

Sir Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay part of the UK ahead of the independence referendum.

The music legend made the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support in Liverpool.

The campaign said about 50,000 people, including celebrities like Sir Paul and Sir Mick Jagger, have put their names to an open letter to voters.

A spokesman for Yes Scotland said the case for "Yes" was a democratic one.

Sir Paul added his name to an open letter to voters which says: "The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone.

"Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom.

"We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them.

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."

'Renew bonds'

Sir Bruce Forsyth, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Sir Bobby Charlton and Prof Stephen Hawking are also among the signatories.

TV historian Dan Snow, one of the campaign co-ordinators for Let's Stay Together, said: "Sir Paul is one of Britain and the world's most respected musicians. We are humbled that he has signed the letter.

"Sir Paul's signature, alongside Sir Mick Jagger's and those of tens of thousands of people from all over the country, shows that English, Welsh and Northern Irish people hope passionately that the Scottish vote to renew their bonds of citizenship with us.

"The decision is for the Scottish voters alone. Let's Stay Together simply want them to know that we hope that they will stay part of our shared country."

A spokesperson for Yes Scotland said: "It's fantastic that Sir Paul loves Scotland, and we're sure he will continue to do so after Scots say 'yeah, yeah, yeah'.

"The case for Yes is a democratic one - as far as Scotland is concerned the Westminster system belongs to yesterday, and independence will be good for the Mull of Kintyre and all of Scotland. Yes is definitely the best ticket to ride."

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour MP Anne McGuire, speaking of behalf of the pro-Union Better Together group, said: "It is hardly surprising that Sir Paul wants us to Come Together.

"Maybe rather than trying to take us all on a Magical Mystery Tour Alex Salmond should just Let it Be."

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