After voters in the UK opted to leave the European Union, calls for Texas to secede from the U.S. appeared to gain serious momentum, Vocative reported Friday.
According to Vocative:
The largest group agitating for secession is the Texas Nationalist Movement, which has been promoting its own version of Brexit, called Texit, over the past several weeks. The group has taken inspiration from the pro-exit campaign in Britain, noting that the two movements share many of the same principles. Daniel Miller, president of the TNM, told Australian website news.com.au, “The vast majority of the laws, rules and regulations that affect the people of Texas are created by the political class or unelected bureaucrats in Washington” — a sentiment which echoes the arguments made by the British Leave campaign.
Vocative said that in the hours following the Brexit vote, “Texit” spiked significantly on Twitter, with over 5,800 using the phrase on the social media site, an increase of more than 500 percent from the day before.
Here’s a sample of the tweets Vocative posted:
So, can we #TEXIT now?
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) June 24, 2016
— Just Me. (@NoThoughtsHere) June 24, 2016
The group also updated its official Facebook page, overlaying “#TEXIT” on the Texas flag.
As it turns out, Texans aren’t the only ones talking of secession.
Other American secessionist movements also took heart from the Brexit results.The Foundation for New Hampshire Independence wished Great Britain a happy “Independence Day” while calling for #NHexit. Another group, Yes California, released a statement applauding the referendum as “a shining example of the right of peoples to self-determination.” Yes California further declared its intention “to mimic that process here in California by putting an independence referendum on the ballot.
Of course, seceding from the Union isn’t quite as simple as voting to leave the European Union, since it’s been declared illegal, and any attempt by a state to leave the U.S. is certain to prompt federal intervention.
Still, it says a lot when so many are so fed up with an overpowering federal government that they’re willing to take a chance and strike out on their own.
Exit question: Is anyone in Congress taking note of this?
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