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J.K. Rowling: Scottish Independence Not a Good Idea Right Now

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 12:15 PM

You can count out one of Scotland's most famous residents, "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling, in the country's move toward independence from the United Kingdom, and she's put up $1.68 million to keep Scotland as part of the U.K.

Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, posted a statement on her website about her support of the Better Together campaign, which seeks to keep Scotland together with the United Kingdom like it has been for the past 307 years.

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Scottish citizens will vote on independence on Sept. 18.

"My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland's remarkable people or its achievements," Rowling wrote in her blog post. "The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same twenty-first century pressures as the rest of the world. It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery.

"The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimization and even denial of risks. Whenever the big issues are raised — our heavy reliance on oil revenue if we become independent, what currency we'll use, whether we'll get back into the (European Union) — reasonable questions are drowned out by accusations of 'scaremongering,'" Rowling continued.

The best-selling author donated $1.68 million, or 1 million pounds, to the Better Together campaign in support of their efforts.

James Cook, BBC News Scotland correspondent, said her support of the Better Together campaign is not unexpected.

"J.K. Rowling's 'magic million' to conjure up a vote against independence is not a great surprise," Cook wrote for BBC News. "She is friends with former (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, has previously donated money to the Labour Party, and told the BBC two years ago that she had reservations about independence.

"But the author's argument will resonate with many Scots: attracted by a 'romantic' ideal of a 'fairer, greener, richer and more equal society,' but in the end not quite prepared to accept the associated risks," Cook added.

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond told the BBC that he believes Rowling is one of the few in the entertainment community who have come down on the side against Scotland independence.

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You can count out one of Scotland's most famous residents, "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling, in the country's move toward independence from the United Kingdom, and she's put up $1.68 million to keep Scotland as part of the U.K.
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