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Scotland needs to stay in the Union: J.K. Rowling

LONDON--Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling said Wednesday she had donated 1 million pounds (1.2 million euros, US$1.7 million) to the "No" campaign for the Scottish independence referendum.

The multimillionaire writer, who was born in England but has lived in the Scottish capital Edinburgh for more than two decades, said there would be "serious risks" if Scots voted for independence on Sept. 18.

Her donation — by far the biggest to the "No" camp — was received "recently," an official confirmed.

Writing on her website, Rowling said while she was "no fan" of the current British government, she was afraid the Scottish economy would be destabilized by going it alone.

"My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland's remarkable people or its achievements," she wrote.

"The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same 21st century pressures as the rest of the world.

"It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery.

"The more I listen to the 'Yes' campaign, the more I worry about its minimization and even denial of risks."

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