Barbados wants to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of the state and become a republic as soon as November 2021.
The announcement came forth Tuesday by Barbados Governor-General, Sandra Mason. In a speech delivered on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, Mason said,
“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”
Located in the Caribbean, Barbados, home to almost 300,000, is among the prosperous Caribbean islands. It gained independence from Britain in the year 1966. After independence, Barbados maintained a formal connection with the British monarchy, and the Queen continued to acts as its head of the state.
As per Mottley’s latest speech, the country’s first female to hold the prime minister’s office, Barbados, intends to become a republic by November 2021. It wants to replace Queen with a Barbadian head of the state and continue its venture as a sovereign independent state. As Mason said,
“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.” Moreover, in the speech, Mason cited a warning by Errol Walton Barrow, Barbados’ first Prime Minister, against ‘loitering on colonial premises.’
The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth, is the head of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries that gained independence from the British Empire. The list of countries includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, and many other islands and countries located in the Caribbean and the Indian oceans.
According to Barbados Today, Barbados’ proposition of attaining a sovereign status is not recent and has been around since the 1970s.
It further reported Mason saying that “the peril and uncertainty of the times compel us to reinforce our foundation. Equally, we are challenged to shore up our traditional structures and find stronger, more resilient, more sustainable architecture, on which we can build a modern and enduring structure for current and future generations.”
What are the chances of this to happen? In this regard, a royal source said that the idea “was not out of the blue” and “has been mooted and publicly talked about many times.”