Far from the United Kingdom, last week's "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union was being cheered by the Texas Nationalist Movement.
Secessionist ambitions have long been a part of Texas politics and culture, and last month the Texas Republican Party debated adding the concept to its party platform.
The U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution address the idea of secession. In interpreting those documents, while most scholars and government officials deem secession would be illegal, the debate persists.
Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization; Former editor of "Texas Monthly"