So it's been part of a greater 'state' for 43 years, but before that was independent (William and Mary being an outlier and shouldn't be counted ) for something like two orders of magnitude GREATER.
On the other hand, New France/Lower Canada/Quebec came into existence about five hundred years later, and then was a colony of France for about two hundred years, then a century as a British-owned colony, then a portion of the new Dominion of Canada in 1867 and stayed in that state for almost a hundred-and-fifty years to today (bee tea dubs: sesquicentennial next year; we'd better get started on party prep )
So you might say that Quebec is less 'ready' to go on its own than the UK is, and hasn't BEEN on its own before...
...but if 'la Belle Province' wants to cut ties, Newfoundland and Labrador is fully willing to cut those hydro lines and re-negotiate sale of power that Quebec resells to the US for a (formerly) massive profit.
...oh and she can finally give up her delusions about ownership of land that every administrative and legal body appealed to has said she does NOT have rights to.
Seriously, though; how things are shaping up across the pond will likely dissuade the voting public from listening to the hawks of independence and trying to separate/threaten to separate to get stuff.
...and the financial turmoil? Well, to be honest, it's just another day in that respect; there's ALWAYS something causing markets to rise, drop, diversify, etc. This is uncomfortable (especially for those who tie their livelihoods to these markets), but it is a short term 'market correction'. Things will settle down once whatever happens happens.
I'm a little disappointed (it was a REALLY close thing), but I'm not going to flail around and gnash my teeth and pull my hair over 'the end of the world'.
It doesn't seem definite that the UK will completely remove itself from the EU yet; there are...well, to draw from Nanny Ogg "there's many a slip twix't dress n' drawers", so it's too early to say for sure what will even happen, let alone what the consequences of what happens will be.
If the UK drops the EU...and consequently loses the ECHR, it would be the perfect opportunity for people to petition their Members of Parliament to see about presenting a similar member's bill in the House of Commons for the UK's OWN law books...and why not make that pending law even better? Again, a perfect opportunity to exert what little influence you have on government and persuade legislators to make laws that the people want.
And, in closing, here's a 'timeline' I ripped from someone's tumblr blog:
Hi there. If you’re just waking up
* Brexit won
* The £ plummeted to a 30-year low
* Japan has stopped trading
* Scotland is pushing for independence
* Ireland is considering re-unification
* The Dutch Freedom Party are calling for their own EU referendum
Well, this took off whilst I went to sleep for a couple of hours.
* David Cameron has resigned, a fact I’d never thought I’d be sad about
* Donald Trump just landed in Scotland, because we haven’t suffered enough
* Nicola Sturgeon says EU folk are “still welcome in Scotland” and “their contribution is valued”
* She’s thrown down the gauntlet re: staying in and is petitioning the EU for membership. The result is “democratically unacceptable”
* “I intend to take all possible steps to give effect to how Scotland voted. In other words, to secure our place in the EU”
* Statement officially made that second independence referendum “highly likely”
* The financial markets are a shitshow
* Vote Leave have ALREADY backtracked on their two defining campaign promises (more money for the NHS, less immigration)
* A motion of No Confidence has been leveled at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who honestly lasted longer than I thought he would
* The UK have lost £350 billion so far
* Spain could re-take Gibraltar if they wanted to make a move
* Morgan Stanley have started the process to move 2,000 investment banking staff from London to Dublin/Frankfurt
* EU leaders are calling on the UK to get out ASAP
* The New York stock exchange is down 500 points
* From the amount wiped off shares, so far, divided by 32m voters… the cost is already at £6,000 per voter
* Donald Trump has come out in support of the decision to leave, which is how you know we messed up real bad
* Everything is fucked
* I’m so sorry
(the dash-breaks are for indicating the end of a nested quote, since the forum now protects itself from neverending quote-cascades)
A lot of knee-jerk fearmongering (e.g. the Japanese markets stopped trading because IT WAS THE END OF THE DAY; they do this EVERY DAY at this time)
...but it is kinda smirk-inducing funny...in a black humour way...