Yes California: #Brexit vote historic and inspiring
The Yes California Independence Campaign announced this evening that while it does not take a position on whether the United Kingdom should or should not have voted to exit the European Union, it applauded the process as a shining example of the right of peoples to self-determination.
"It was exciting to watch self-determination in action, and in the end the majority of the British people determined for themselves in a historic and inspiring election that their future would be better off independent of the European Union. Today's results provide us with a modern-day, western-world example of peaceful and legal secession from a political union and we intend to mimic that process here in California by putting an independence referendum on the ballot so we can exercise our right to self-determination and vote to leave or remain part of the American Union," Louis J. Marinelli, the president of the organization said.
The organization argues that now as the sixth largest economy in the world, California is more economically powerful than France and has a population larger than Poland.
"California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We're competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida," Governor Brown wrote in a letter to the Florida governor earlier this year before new economic data moved California into sixth place.
Yes California sees parallels between the #Brexit vote to exit the European Union and its planned referendum on California leaving the American Union and cites (1) how power has shifted from the state to the federal level for decades, (2) that the federal government is a broken, corrupted, and bureaucratic mess, (3) that lobbyists, special interests, corporations, and wealthy campaign contributors control the country due to the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, (4) that the country's flawed immigration system forces millions of Californians to live without documents and makes it illegal for them to work, and (5) that California is forced to subsidize the other states with its taxes all as reasons justifying independence.
"Our continued membership in the American Union means California will continue subsidizing the other member states to our own detriment and to the detriment of our children," Marinelli said. "Whether we discuss issues of peace and security, government and elections, trade and regulation, health, education, and infrastructure, or natural resources and the environment, California is better off independent of the American Union and the District of Columbia just as the British people have now determined their future will be better off independent of the European Union and Brussels."
June 23rd's #Brexit vote resulted in 52% of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. An informal poll of 9,000 Californians conducted by the organization this past February resulted in 41% in favor of California leaving the American Union.