The Scottish-born star, 83, spoke out six months before a
referendum that could split the United Kingdom. A long-term
supporter of separation, the Bahamas resident has said he could
return to his native land if it became independent.
He was the latest in a number of high-profile stars recently
entering the independence debate. Last month, rock star David
Bowie said "Scotland, stay with us" in a message read out by
model Kate Moss at the Brit pop music awards.
"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," Connery wrote in an article due to be published
on the New Statesman website on Tuesday.
"Simply put — there is no more creative an act than creating a
new nation," he said. The referendum on whether to end the
307-year union with England will be held on September 18.
Connery, who conceded that independence was a matter for the
people who live and work in Scotland, argued that a "yes"
verdict would boost that country's film and creative industries.
"Scotland has an opportunity to make a step change," he wrote.
"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 colorful history, strong identity, deep rooted
traditions, a commitment to artistic innovation and diverse and
beautiful landscapes, Scotland is truly blessed."
Also on Tuesday, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will
deliver a lecture in London about independence.
Salmond is heading the campaign for secession, battling London's
efforts to prevent a "yes" verdict by undermining his Scottish
National Party's central case that oil-rich Scotland could be a
prosperous independent nation.
Financial heavyweights such as the Edinburgh-based Standard Life
and the Royal Bank of Scotland have voiced concerns about
uncertainties over currency, regulation, and tax regimes in the
event of Scottish independence.
By contrast, the head of the International Airlines Group, the
owner of British Airways, said it could be good for business.
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing
by Tom Heneghan)
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