Texas Gov Says No 'Texit,' Tries to Cash in on Brexit

Greg Abbott announces ad buy inviting UK companies to Lone Star state
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2016 11:59 AM CDT
Texas Gov Says No 'Texit,' Tries to Cash in on Brexit
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, listens to a question Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Midland, Texas.   (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn't on board with a "Texit," but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit. Abbott announced Saturday the state will run digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and relocate to Texas, reports the AP.

The campaign follows Britain's vote to leave the European Union and is funded through Texas One, the state's quasi-governmental marketing arm. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said he didn't have specifics on how much the ads cost. The British vote reinvigorated Texas secessionist groups that in May nearly forced a floor vote on its fringe cause at the state Republican convention. But although Abbott has long accused the Obama administration of impeding on state sovereignty, the governor says Texas isn't going anywhere. (More Brexit stories.)

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