The late Sir Sean Connery confessed he would never live in an independent Scotland – because it is "too cold".
The James Bond legend passed away on October 31 this year at the age of 90 after being “unwell for some time”, son Jason confirmed.
For years, Sir Sean had been a high profile campaigner for the case of Scottish Independence – and used to fund the Scottish Nationalist Party, despite not living in his home country.
Reflecting on her own encounters with the actor, journalist Fidelma Cook has claimed the late star confessed to her he had no intention of ever moving back to Scotland – due to the chilly climate.
Writing in the Herald on Saturday, she said: “He wanted a role in Scotland’s independence but not the discomfort of living there.”
She went on to claim he told her: ”I can’t do cold any more. I don’t want to."
However, Ms Cook did also say: “He rose above such taunts; mildly pointed out he paid his tax dues in the UK; paid heavily into his Scottish foundation.”
Connery, who famously lived in the Bahamas, was a name among a number of A List stars who frequently beat the Scottish Independence drum – while living nowhere near the UK.
Fellow Scottish actors Alan Cumming and Brian Cox are frequent foghorns for Scottish Independence – although both live in New York.
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While, in September this year, actor Ewan McGregor declared Scotland should be entitled to independence in light of the fact that Brexit had been overwhelmingly voted for in England as opposed to Scotland.
However, his comments drew an avalanche of fury online as Scots slammed him for backing independence when he wouldn’t have to suffer the economic consequences of an independent Scotland.
One Twitter user said at the time: “Oh so easy for multi-millionaire LA residing Ewan McGregor to opine on Scottish Independence, while the rest of us working and paying taxes in Scotland would have to suffer the consequences.”
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Meanwhile, many others have hit out over the SNP hijacking Brexit for their own agenda.
The nationalist party has declared Brexit gives grounds for a re-run of the 2014 referendum as the Leave outcome was not a majority in Scotland, but – due to the rules of democracy – Scotland will leave the EU along with the rest of the UK as, overall, the Leave campaign won.
However, many have pointed out that the SNP had been aware of the possibility of Brexit years before the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership.
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The white paper for the 2014 Scottish referendum – published in November 2013 – made it explicitly clear that a referendum on the UK membership within the EU could be run at a time following the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.
Chapter 1 of the paper, titled The Case for Independence, states: “If we remain in the UK, the Conservative Party's promise of an in/out referendum on EU membership raises the serious possibility that Scotland will be forced to leave the EU against the wishes of the people of Scotland.”
Many therefore feel the SNP cannot force a second Scottish independence referendum using Brexit as an argument as it was so clearly highlighted ahead of the 2014 vote.
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