The two men largely responsible for leading the charge on the “Brexit” movement, where the United Kingdom is voting to consider withdrawing from the European Union, has their eyes set on a new project.
They are eyeing the separation of the State of California into two States.
Per Daily Mail:
Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States, where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a ‘Calexit’ campaign, which would split California into two eastern and western regions.
There are several ‘Calexit’ campaigns competing for a referendum in the United States, with one aiming to remove the state from America entirely as a response to President Donald Trump being elected last year.
If California separated into two States, there would certainly be political implications:
If broken apart, the eastern part of California would more likely vote Republican, giving the party two more senators and electoral college votes for a 2020 presidential election.
The Western side of the state would likely continue to vote Democrat in elections.
California may soon consider a vote:
Farage and Banks’ goal is to hold a referendum during the US midterm elections in 2018, according to The Sunday Times.
Spokesperson for the duo, Andy Wigmore, suggests the effort has increasing support:
Wigmore said that those who raised money – agriculture tycoons and tech entrepreneurs – have felt ‘left out since [Former President Ronald] Reagan’.
‘This has been done before with West Virginia and Virginia and North and South Dakota, so it can work,’ he said.
Banks added: ‘We were saying that people said the same about Brexit — and we just went and did it. The money was pledged to take it to the next level. This could be the greatest political showdown ever.’
The team may not stop at separating California into two States, but could encourage one to stand as an independent country:
Voters would then need to decide in another referendum in 2019 whether California should become a separate country.
Yes California campaigners are pushing for independence on grounds the state is out of step with the rest of the US and could flourish on its own.