Here in the UK, the Scots
want independence. The Kurds want independence, The Sikhs and the Tibetans want independence, every man and his dog wants independence.
People want independence when times are subjectively hard
. The idiocy of this is that the time to go for independence is when everyone is sufficiently prosperous and everyone is feeling happy - it's times like that you stand a better chance of getting your way. But, of course, at times like that, you're not really bothered where you are or who's in charge.
When times get hard
that's the time to stick together.