Governor Abbott Launches British Ad Campaign in Wake of Brexit Vote

Jul 5, 2016

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In the aftermath of the UK’s controversial Brexit vote to leave the EU, members of the Texas Independence movement have been hoping to get a similar measure on the ballot in the Lone Star State.

Governor Greg Abbott is on the record as opposing a “Texit” vote, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t taking advantage of the Brexit situation. This weekend Abbot announced that Texas ran digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The ad campaign urges UK companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and relocate to Texas. The campaign is funded by a “quasi-governmental” marketing component of the state known as Texas One. In May, Texas secessionists nearly forced a floor vote for their cause at the state’s Republican convention.