This Thursday, 3/30/17, the President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, threw journalists and pundits for a loop by publicly toying with the idea of supporting Texas leaving the union. In his statement, he said the following:
The newly elected U.S. President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same. If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas, in the United States of America.
Texas Nationalist Movement was quick to respond. While including the case for Texas nationalism and the basic arguments behind the Texit movement. However, regarding the EU, it came down to this:
If the EU President wants to support Texas in rejoining the international community as an equal . . . then we say, “Welcome!” If he wants to support Texit out of some misplaced wish to cause mischief within the United States, we say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
World leaders jockey for position and influence every day, and the nature of Juncker’s remarks are nothing new. Obama campaigned against Brexit, while Trump was in favor of it. And while being free to make his thoughts known on this matter, it is fair to recognize that President Juncker is more likely to have his own interests in mind when invoking Texas independence than the interests of the Texit movement.
Political machinations and trollery aside, the Texas Nationalist Movement remains committed to securing an independence referendum for the people of Texas. The folks at the EU are entitled to their opinions, but Texans will do what’s best for Texas, and we won’t settle for being a pawn for international political gamesmanship. At the same time, legitimate support for the right of Texans to determine our own future is always welcome.