Celebrities Appeal to Scotland to Stay in UK

August 7, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Britain Scotland Referendum

British TV presenters, from left, Dan Snow, Ben Fogle, and June Sarpong take a selfie at the launch of their Let's Stay Together campaign, asking Scottish voters to vote against independence in the Scottish independence referendum, in London, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The campaign is supported by celebrities from rock star Mick Jagger to actress Judi Dench, and will tour Britain asking people to add their names to the list of pro-union voices. (AP Photo/Matthew Knight)

LONDON (AP) — Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking are among dozens of celebrities and public figures in Britain who have signed a petition appealing to Scottish voters to vote to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September.

The public is now being invited to sign the open letter, whose other signatories include Helena Bonham Carter, David Attenborough and Simon Cowell.

The letter tells Scottish voters taking part in the Sept. 18 referendum that the undersigned "want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them."

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us," the letter said. "Let's stay together."