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Billy Connolly: I won't be voting in Scottish Independence poll

Billy Connolly has revealed he will not be voting in the independence referendum, describing the debate around it as a "morass that I care not to dip my toe into".

The 71-year-old star said he did not want to get involved in the debate as he did not want to influence anybody.

He was speaking from New York where he is reading some of Seamus Heaney's final works for a new animated BBC series.

Connolly has narrated Seamus Heaney's translation of the work of medieval Scots poet Robert Henryson, which has been turned into a TV programme called Five Fables.

Asked about Scottish independence, he said: "I try to keep away out of it, I don't want to be an influence in it, I don't want to influence anybody.

"A lot of people take your word like it's spun gold as if there's some sense to it, I don't want to influence anybody so I shut up.

"I think the Scots will come to a good conclusion in the referendum, they'll get what they deserve."

The actor and comedian was asked about comments he had made previously about feeling a sense of community among people from a similar background to himself.

"I've never been a nationalist and I've never been a patriot," he said.

"I've always remembered that I have a lot more in common with a welder from Liverpool than I do with someone with an agricultural background from the Highlands, although I do love them, I love Scotland and all it's different faces. That's why this referendum thing is so difficult, it's a morass that I care not to dip by toe into."

When asked if he would be casting a vote in the referendum he said: "I'm not going to vote. I won't be there, I'll be in New Zealand."

Belfast Telegraph