- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2016

The campaign for Texas to secede from the union, dubbed Texit, surged after Thursday’s vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union.

The Texas Nationalist Movement saw its support jump on social media and on its petition following the success of the British vote, known as Brexit.

“So, can we #TEXIT now?” asked Michelle Ray, who posts on Twitter as @GaltsGirl.

The TNM called Thursday for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to “support a similar vote for Texans” in the aftermath of the British decision.

“It is past time that the people of Texas had their say on our continued relationship with the Union and its sprawling Federal bureaucracy,” said TNM president Daniel Miller in a statement.

An analysis conducted by the Australian website Vocativ found that more than 5,800 users on Twitter used the phrase after the Brexit results were announced, “a five-fold increase from the day before.”

The Texas Nationalist Movement petition for a “binding referendum” on the secessionist effort has gathered more than 260,000 signatures since being posted online earlier this year.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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