SALT LAKE CITY — The Washington Post identified a pretty interesting idea — if British Americans staged their own form of Brexit, then Utah would be gone from the country.
The Washington Post looked into what would happen if the parts of the U.S. that include Americans who claimed to have United Kingdom ancestry split from the rest of the country.
- “An American Brexit wouldn’t split the nation as deeply as you might think. Sure, most Americans speak English as their first (or only) language and are taught from an early age about English colonies such as Plymouth and Jamestown,” according to The Washington Post. “But the share who actively claim English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish ancestry on government surveys is small and geographically contained. It shows that any focus on early white settlers doesn’t represent the reality according to the self-reported identity of most Americans.”
Utah and eastern Idaho would split if it was based on ancestry alone, according to The Washington Post.
- “As a rule, areas of Mormon influence report the strongest ancestral ties to the U.K., and both Utah and eastern Idaho have large Mormon populations. By some metrics, northern New England and much of the Deep South and southern Appalachia would also be part of a Brexit bloc,” according to The Washington Post.
Go deeper: Read more about this thought experiment at The Washington Post.