June 24th, 2016, 05:52 PM
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After Brexit, what? U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'
After Brexit, what? U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit' |
By Jon Herskovitz,Reuters 6 hours ago Comments Sign in to like Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email
Texans Talk Succession On Heels Of Britain's EU Rejection
Talks of Texas secession have re-invigorated following Britons’ startling vote to leave the European Union.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Emboldened by Brexit, U.S. secessionists in Texas are keen to adopt the campaign tactics used to sway the British vote for leaving the European Union and are demanding “Texit” comes next.
The citizen-driven vote in Britain can be a model for Texas, which was an independent country from 1836 to 1845, and its $1.6 trillion (£1.17 trillion) a year economy would be among the 10 largest in the world, said Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement.
“The Texas Nationalist Movement is formally calling on the Texas governor to support a similar vote for Texans,” the group said on Friday. The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott was not immediately available for comment.
The group, which claims about a quarter million supporters, failed earlier this year to place a vote on secession on the November ballot but aims to relaunch its campaign for the next election cycle in 2018, buoyed by the British vote, Miller said.
“Texit is in the air,” he said.
Texit, for Texas exit, is a play on the British exit, or Brexit, and was trending on Twitter in the United States on Friday.