Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

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"The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age," the singer tells a rally in London

Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is urging Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Scottish voters will decide about independence in a Thursday referendum.

At the gathering in London's Trafalgar Square, which drew thousands of people, Geldof made a plea to Scots not to break up the union, saying England and Scotland were the "closest of cousins," The Guardian reported.

The paper also quoted the Irish singer as saying: "Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations, before there was a united this, that and the other, there was a United Kingdom.... The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English, we made a world beater."

Geldof after the rally also told the Guardian that "we are all fed up" with the British government, "and we should be able to work out, together, a new constitution. But breaking up one of the most genius ideas of the modern political times is not the way to go."

The paper quoted Izzard (Ocean's Thirteen, Valkyrie) as saying, "It just seems to sad, and I say this to the people of Scotland, to break up our family and build a border. It's Scotland's choice. We cannot say anything to you other than that we do care. You are part of the United Kingdom family, and we'd love you to stay."

The independence vote has attracted much media coverage and social media activity in Britain.

The likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Coogan and J.K. Rowling have also urged Scots to vote "no" in the independence referendum, while Sean Connery and Gerard Butler are among the famous supporters of an independent country.

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