Scottish independence: Andy Murray is undecided

Andy Murray admits he is undecided on whether Scotland should become independent or remain in the Union. Picture: Reuters

Andy Murray admits he is undecided on whether Scotland should become independent or remain in the Union. Picture: Reuters

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ANDY Murray has yet to make a decision on which side to back in next year’s Scottish independence referendum.

The Wimbledon champion said he was torn as he appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to discuss the prospect of the break-up of the Union.

Murray said he was “proud to be Scottish”, but also said he loved competing for Great Britain.

Quizzing Murray on which side he was in favour of, Marr suggested that the pro-independence and Better Together campaigns would try to use Murray as a puppet to boost their campaigns, saying both camps would try to “wave him around”.

Marr said: “Like it or not, you are going to be used by the two contending political sides in the Scottish referendum.

“They are both going to try to grab you. Alex Salmond was waving the Saltire at your Wimbledon victory but from your book it is clear you were also incredible proud to be part of Team GB during the Olympics.”

Murray declined to take a clear side on the debate, but said that he would be in a better position to choose nearer the time of the referendum, which takes place on September 18 next year.

Murray said: “Since I was 12, I have competed my whole life under Great Britain, under 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s, and now into the seniors, and at the Olympics.”

“I am proud to be Scottish, I love competing for Great Britain as well, and it is something I have done since I was a kid. As it gets a bit clsoer to the time, I think we need to do what’s best for the country - what’s best for Scotland.

“Nearer the time we will start to see in more detail what is the best decision, and I’ll make my decisionbased on that.”

Murray later admitted that he was not “massively into politics” and did not envisage being involved in either campaign.

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