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UK: Singer David Bowie wades into debate over Scottish independence

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Sexagenerian singer David Bowie has waded into the controversial debate over Scottish independence from Britain.

The 67-year-old, who won best British male solo artist at the UK’s Brit Awards on Wednesday, used his acceptance speech to say “Scotland, stay with us”.

A national referendum on Scottish independence will be held on September 18, 2014.

Bowie, based in New York, did not attend the London ceremony, instead asking supermodel Kate Moss to accept the gong on his behalf.

Moss said: “David has asked me to say this. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren’t I Kate? Yes. I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much. And Scotland, stay with us.”

Bowie’s comments, which launched a debate on Twitter, come after a difficult week for the Yes campaign.

British chancellor George Osborne said a newly-independent Scotland would not be allowed to re-enter a currency union with the rest of the UK.

Meanwhile Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said it would not be automatic for Scotland to become a member of the European Union.