June 27, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh was quoted in the Dallas Observer as well as other news outlets, on a renewed effort by Daniel Miller and the Texas National Movement to advocate for Texas’ sovereignty. Perhaps inspired by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Miller and the Texas National Movement are pushing for Texas Republican leadership to add Texas secession to the 2018 election ballot. Professor Volokh doubts that secession is a part of the political will of Texans, he points out, however, that even if Texans did vote for secession, U.S. states cannot secede without approval from the U.S. government.
"A state couldn’t legally force the U.S. to let it secede, if the U.S. refused. But if the state and the U.S. agreed, that would be doable; at worst, it would require a constitutional amendment (always possible, though it requires two-thirds of the vote of each house of Congress and a majority vote in three-quarter of the state legislatures), but most likely an act of Congress, coupled with a majority referendum that the state government views as binding, would suffice," wrote Professor Volokh.
Professor Volokh was also quoted in international news outlet RT on the same issue.