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  • 2 July 2014, 14:57

Shrek Speaks Out Over Scottish Independence

Canadian comedian Mike Myers, who provided the voice of the ogre Shrek in the animated films, has joined in the debate on Scottish independence.

Myersslipped into character during an interview in which he said he loves Scotland.

Initially, the comedian was reluctant to give his own views on BBC radio.

However, when the interviewer asked what Shrek would say, Myers - in a Scottish accent - replied: "Shrek wants what the will of the Scottish people want."

He then added in his own accent: "I love Scotland. I hope they remain part of Britain - and if they don't, I still love them."

A spokesman for the pro-UK Better Together campaign said: "It's no surprise Mike Myers doesn't support separation. He knows a fairytale when he sees one."

A recent poll by the University of Stirling found that 79% of people eligible to vote on Scottish independence are likely to vote against ending the 307-year-old union with England.

That appears to back research from other polls suggesting a desire to stay within the UK has risen over the past few months - polls taken earlier in the year had indicated less of a gap between the two sides.

However, Yes Scotland - the campaign that backs independence - told Reuters news agency it has seen three other recent polls "that have recorded a significant increase in backing for Yes".

A spokesman added: "Of course, the polls will fluctuate from time to time."

A number of other celebrities have made known their views on the subject including Sean Connery and actor Brian Cox, who both support independence and David Bowie and JK Rowling, who think Scotland should remain within the UK.

Bowie and the Harry Potter author have both been subjected to online abuse from pro-independence supporters.

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