#Calexit: Brexit Is Getting The Hollywood Treatment

#Calexit: Brexit Is Getting The Hollywood Treatment

Seriously, us British love everything referendum related right? Well, it's happening folks, the word referendum is doing the rounds again but this time it's not us at it again it's our Californian cousins disgruntled with the State of the Union in the good ' USA.

It's called Calexit, a bit like Brexit but pro-immigration and better weather.

I recently caught up with the California National Party, a political party that is advocating independence from the rest of the country. Who, on their own admission closely base themselves on the SNP to talk about the recent election of Donald Trump and working towards an independent platform.

Obviously, the election of Donald Trump has angered enough of The Golden State to turn their back on Uncle Sam?

Not necessarily according to the CNP stating the same issues would exist under a Democratic administration and suggesting it's down to Californian tax money funding red states while their schools and roads crumble, in their words.

But there's no love lost for President Trump in the region stating the rest of the country elected "a bigoted and misogynistic racist as their president" while Californians "elected progressive candidates at every level."

Going on to suggest a social divide has been highlighting the "stark contrast the way America's values have diverged from California's values."

Before we go on, a little bit of history.

Cali ancestors have already tasted independence back in 1846 when it rebelled against Mexican rule only for the military occupation of California by the United States during the Mexican-American War which ended in 1848.

So technically, whoever takes the potential presidential mantle of a New California Republic will be the country's second president.

They'd certainly be taking over a country that'll have some serious international clout with a population that is just bigger than Poland, an economy that has recently taken over the United Kingdom as the world's 5th biggest economy according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis and a real attraction for continued business investment.

California has seen some of the United States largest Anti-Trump demonstrations but coincidently the election of what some citizens consider their worst nightmare could give the independence platform the biggest opportunity to convey their message than ever before.

There is a separate campaign in the state advocating independence called Yes California, again based on the SNP's referendum campaign who are championing a referendum due in Spring 2019.

If this becomes reality, Washington DC would have to play a very clever media campaign in favour of the Union to avoid giving representatives high profile platforms to talk about issues such as Cali federal taxes allegedly bankrolling other states and it's economic prowess to citizens mulling on which way to vote.

It'll be very interesting to see what role Trump would play in regards to convincing California to stay, which could have an insidious and detrimental effect on polling - I'm no polling expert but mass protests with a highlighted twinge aimed at independence in the news, would not make easy viewing for the administration's stay together campaign.

The local media could have a pinnacle role in swinging votes considering national media is widely seen as part of the establishment and one of Trump's biggest anti-rhetoric during his presidential campaign.

What could an independent California look like according to the California National Party? "The CNP advocates for a parliamentary system, with proportional representation, and local control so individual counties can set the policies that most make sense to them." A similar model that has been talked about by UKIP and The Green Party for the UK constitution.

Whatever happens, this campaign could open a lot of new wounds with highlighting economic and social issues in an already volatile environment.

The campaign would have to learn a lot of lessons from Brexit and The Scottish Independence referendum, both of which have had reactions with the rise of xenophobia in the UK and the Conservatives becoming the main opposition to the SNP in Scotland, which would have seemed impossible five years ago - suggesting Scotland isn't as left wing as we think.

Politics of divide will always have a lasting legacy regardless if it's based on hope or hate, let's hope they think out their strategy for that.


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