Movement For Texas Independence Benefits From Brexit

It's not only people in Britain and Europe who are closely following the aftermath of the United Kingdom's vote June 23 to leave the European Union.

A group called the Texas National Movement (TNM) is hoping that the U.K.'s vote for Brexit could help promote its campaign to separate Texas from the United States, according to News.com.au.

After 52 percent of voters in the U.K. voted to leave the EU, talk of a “texit” increased online. According to Vocativ, 5,800 people used the term on Twitter on June 24, a five-fold increase from the previous day.

However, some of the tweets using the hashtag were more serious than others.

“lol…talking about #texit like they didn’t try that once,” one user wrote, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“So, how about this: we let #texit happen. Then bring in Puerto Rico as state no. 50. Easy, no need to change the flag. Feels like an upgrade,” wrote another.

“How long until #Texit?” wrote a third.

“There are a lot of people asking, if Brexit, why not Texit?” said TNM president Daniel Miller.

After the U.K. result was confirmed, the TNM changed its Facebook cover picture to a Texas flag with the word “Texit” on it.

The TNM’s motto is “Texas first, Texas forever,” and it claims there are many similarities between its campaign and that led by the Leave campaign in the U.K.

“Those similarities draw attention to the larger issue of self-government and, more specifically, to the TNM’s efforts to make Texas independence a reality,” said Miller.

Miller and the TNM believe Texans would do better managing their own affairs.

“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,” he argued.

The TNM doesn’t see any difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Miller added the outcome of the presidential election would not change anything for him.

“Regardless of the outcome, the people of Texas recognize the situation for what it is and are coming to us in numbers like never before,” he added.

On June 24, Miller called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to hold a referendum on independence for the state.

The TNM claims to have over 260,000 members and 208,000 followers on Facebook. The total population of Texas is 27 million.

Sources: News.com.au, Vocativ, Dallas Morning News / Photo credit: Facebook via News.com.au

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