Top conservatives including Sens. Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions are hailing Britain's decision to exit the European Union — and believe the United States can learn from it.
"The results of the #Brexit referendum should serve as a wake-up call for internationalist bureaucrats from Brussels to Washington, D.C. that some free nations still wish to preserve their national sovereignty," Cruz, a Texas Republican, wrote on Facebook.
"The British people have indicated that they will no longer outsource their future to the EU, and prefer to chart their own path forward. The United States can learn from the referendum and attend to the issues of security, immigration and economic autonomy that drove this historic vote.
"In addition, we should treat the #Brexit as an opportunity to forge a closer partnership with our historic friend and ally, including immediately starting negotiations for a targeted U.S.-UK free trade agreement."
an Alabama Republican, said of the 52-48 percent vote for Britain to bid adieu to its longtime European partners:
"The people spoke from their hearts and with conviction. They considered deep and critical issues never discussed by the international elites. Their strong vote arose not out of fear and pique but out of love for country and pride of place."
Sessions noted that Britain often makes changes that precede similar actions in the United States — and this could be one of them.
"The [Margaret] Thatcher movement preceded the [Ronald] Reagan revolution. Both were victories for the people over outdated and corrupt forces. Both were achieved against powerful and determined establishment forces," Sessions said.
"Now it's our time. The period of the nation state has not ended. No far off global government or union can command the loyalty of a people like their own country …"
Sessions said the interests of "powerful international corporations, media, special interests, and leftist international forces" don't gel with those of Americans.
"The ultimate interest that our government is legally and morally bound to serve is that of our people.
Just as in the UK, our November presidential election presents a stark contrast," he said.
"We must remember that the European Union began as a seemingly benign economic agreement, and we must not forget, that as Secretary of State, with negotiating responsibility for the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership], Hillary Clinton promoted it and called it the 'gold standard' for a trade deal.
"That should give us all pause. This sovereignty eroding trade deal is in perfect accord with her globalist agenda. Too many politicians and pundits here in America have been woefully oblivious to, or in some cases complicit in, what is going on around us … I believe the American people too will choose independence this November."
Former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who now serves as president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, tweeted:
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