California could leave the US if it holds a referendum
A formal request for independence has been lodged with the Secretary of State's Office in the state’s capital and if it meets the qualification it could trigger a popular vote to decide if the referendum takes place.
The group Yes California Independence Campaign (YCIC) wants America’s most populated state to leave the US by changing the constitution to grant it sovereignty.
It is believed support for independence spiked after 61 per cent of Californians voted for Hillary Clinton at the US election.
The proposed constitutional amendment, titled California Nationhood, would would ask voters to repeal the clause describing the US Constitution as the “supreme law of the land”.
Californians don't like Trump, which has fuelled their break-away desires
If it is successful, it wants a public vote held in March 2019 on the topic ‘Should California become a free, sovereign and independent country?’.
But it will only come to fruition if more than 50 per cent of the state’s electorate turn out and if 55 per cent of them vote ‘yes’.
If that works then the United Nations would have to sanction the state as the “newly-independent Republic of California” for it to become a UN member state.
Clinton received more than 60 per cent of the popular vote at the US election
The movement claims remaining part of the United States is “no longer serving California’s best interests”.
A statement read: “Not only is California forced to subsidise this massive military budget with our taxes, but Californians are sent off to fight in wars that often do more to perpetuate terrorism than to abate it. “
“The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association.
“Not being a part of that country will make California a less likely target of retaliation by its enemies.”
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fly over California
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Remote control plane builder Otto Diefffenbach III holds up his planes resembling U.S. Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Carlsbad, California.
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Model plane builder Otto Dieffenbach III makes his remote control plane resembling U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump release fake money as it flies over the beach next to a similar plane resembling Hillary Clinton in Carlsbad, California
Marcus Evans, vice-president of YCIC told the Los Angeles Times: “America already hates California, and America votes on emotions.
“I think we'd have the votes today if we held it.”
A snap Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed 32 per cent of Californians want to leave the United States – a 12 per cent increase since 2014.