Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has come out in support of the campaign for Scottish independence, on the day that voters go to the polls to decide whether the country will leave the United Kingdom.
Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!
â€” Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2014
“Let's do this,” is a reference to a letter, sent by Scotland's First Minister and 'Yes' campaign leader Alex Salmond, to voters urging them to vote for independence.
Murray is one of Scotland's most high profile public figures. He has been the British No. 1-ranked tennis player since 2006, and in 2013 won the Wimbeldon men's singles title.
Reaction to Murray's stance was decidedly mixed on social media, with critics pointing out that Murray no longer lives in Scotland, but in Surrey, England. Surrey is part of the largely conservative-voting English home counties. All of the county's 11 members of the Westminster parliament are from the governing Conservative Party. Scotland has historically been more supportive of the left-leaning Labor party.
So Andy Murray says Yes. Fine if you're rich and live in a mansion in Surrey #andymurray
â€” Clair Bell (@clairbell_) September 18, 2014
#andymurray given the facts on independence, and after all the support you received at Olympics and Wimbledon, your position is bizarre.
â€” Oliver Lloyd (@OJMLLOYD) September 18, 2014
@andy_murray is in many ways the archetypal Yes voter - young, male and living in London...
â€” Jeff Breslin (@jeffbres) September 18, 2014
However, Murray also received encouragement from 'Yes' supporters.
â€” Mike H 1 (@MikeHannity) September 18, 2014
â€” Michty Aye! (@GordonWright) September 18, 2014
â€” Gareth Roberts (@GarethRoberts3) September 18, 2014
As a resident of England, Murray would not be eligible to vote in the referendum, despite being Scottish.