LONDON J.K. Rowling has spoken out against the results of Britain’s referendum on membership in the European Union with a strong suggestion that Scotland “will seek independence now.”
The Harry Potter author reacted to reports that the UK voted to leave the European Unionby 52% to 48% after 43 years in an historic referendum. Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU as did London but the results in the north of England gave a decisive swing to the Leave campaign.
Rowling first tweeted “Goodbye UK,” linking to a post by Sky News’ political editor Faisal Islam.
Then she tweeted: “Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron’s legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen.”
Every single area of Scotland, 32 out of 32, voted to continue the country’s membership in the European Union. Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon suggested the EU vote will reignite calls for another Scottish independence referendum.
“Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status.
“And while the overall result remains to be declared, the vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union.
“Scotland has contributed significantly to the Remain vote across the UK. That reflects the positive campaign the SNP fought, which highlighted the gains and benefits of our EU membership, and people across Scotland have responded to that positive message.
“We await the final UK-wide result, but Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively.”
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