Could the US state of Texas really become an independent country?

The Texas Republican Party has just passed a motion reaffirming the “right” of the U.S. state to “secede” from the United States.

This (very) political subject has made the rounds of the American media in recent days. But could Texas really become an independent country?

But then, could Texas technically secede? The answer is no, several US media outlets point out. At issue: remarks made by Antonin Scalia, a former conservative judge of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

In 2006, an American wrote to him to ask for his opinion on the subject. And the magistrate answered.

He said, “The answer is clear… there is no right to secession” for the federated states. In his letter, Antonin Scalia quoted in particular the oath of allegiance to the flag of the United States: “One nation, indivisible.”

Two horizontal stripes, one white, one red; a wide vertical line, blue and struck with a single star. It is the flag of Texas, one of the fifty states that make up the United States.

But could it become that of an independent country? The idea was put forward by the local Republican Party, which is very well established in these southern regions of the country.