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Hundreds of celebrities have already “participated” in the referendum, calling on people in Scotland to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to independence.
‘Agent 007’ Sean Connery, soccer player David Beckham, musicians Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Bjork, broadcaster David Attenborough, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and author J.K. Rowling have supported one of the campaigns.
If the majority says ‘yes’ to a divorce from the United Kingdom, independence will be proclaimed March 24, 2016, and the parliamentary election will be held in May of the same year.
The current referendum on the Scottish independence is not a unique event in the world. Over the past 30 years, similar votes on major nationwide issues were held in Canada’s Quebec, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, formerly part of Georgia, Indonesia’s East Timor, Moldova’s Transnistria and the Republic of South Sudan.
By the end of the year, Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia and the Iraqi Kurdistan in northern Iraq will also hold referendums. In most cases, the international community has been reluctant to acknowledge the results of the vote.