On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia split in an amicable, ‘velvet divorce’ after finding devolution too much bother.
There was no referendum. The elected politicians just did it. They split the assets and liabilities based on their respective populations.
In 2004 both joined the EU and have thrived.
Notably, Slovakia, the smaller, more mountainous and with a greater burden of heavy industry decline, has done better.
In January 2013, Glenn Campbell wrote a piece with few serious reservations about it:
For better or for worse, the Velvet Divorce was irreversible and after twenty years of independence there’s no clamour for Czechs and Slovaks to get back together.
Only a year ago, Iain Macwhirter was recommending the idea:
In 2016, the forthcoming president of the EU, Slovakia’s Robert Fico, offered to help Scotland with its ‘velvet divorce’ from the UK:
There has been a down-side for the former Czechoslovakia, not mentioned.
Their combined football team reached the World Cup finals 9 times, always making the Group Stages, twice making the Quarter-finals and twice Runners-up! They have won the European Championship and come Third, twice.
Now, we can beat them home and away!
Thank goodness we have always resisted the notion of a British football team.