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David Beckham, Simpsons talk Scottish independence

Scotland will vote on whether to stay part of the British union on Sept. 18, and two very important citizens of the United Kingdom are joining the debate.

If you don’t quite understand what all the fuss is over Scottish independence, first watch John Oliver break it down hilariously in this video.

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Weighing in on opposite sides of the debate are soccer star David Beckham, and Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons — arguably one of the most famous Scotsmen in popular culture.

Beckham says the united union is the “envy of the world” and wooed voters with Marvin Gaye lyrics.

Beckham referenced the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as just one point of pride. “We worked together to bring the greatest sporting event of them all to our nation and I was thrilled to watch us competing together against the world,” he said in an open letter.

“I took as much satisfaction in seeing Sir Chris Hoy or Andy Murray win gold as I did watching Jess Ennis and Mo Farah do the same in the Olympic Stadium.

“We want to let you know how very much we value our relationship and friendship. Of course, regardless of your decision, that will never change; however, my sincere hope is that you will vote to renew our historic bond, which has been such a success over the centuries and the envy of the entire world.

“What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together,” he said.

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However, The Simpsons‘ ornery and long-suffering Scottish expat Groundskeeper Willie takes a decidedly harsher stance in favor of Scottish independence — and he has a suggestion for who should lead the new nation.

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Here’s an idea for a compromise: Scotland gains its independence, but David Beckham is made leader and rules wearing only a kilt.

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