If Barbados has been independent since 1966, it is still part of the British Commonwealth. The country, which has announced its desire to become a republic by November 2021, has also expressed the wish to have “a Barbadian head of state”. In a speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and read by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason on September 15, 2020, it is stated that “the time has come” for Barbados to “leave behind (her) colonial past “. Thus, the country “will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic when it celebrates the 55th anniversary of its independence,” reports the Barbados News media.
The speech continued: “Barbados will no longer ‘hang around’ the colony steps. Taking into account the warning given decades ago by the first Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honorable Errol Barrow, Prime Minister Mottley says his administration will keep its promises. ” As a reminder, the step of Barbados towards independence does not date from yesterday since already in 1998, a Constitutional Review Commission of Barbados had recommended the republican statute, and in 2015, the Prime Minister of the time, Freundel Stuart, said he wanted to “move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future.” By November 2021, Barbados should therefore become the fourth English-speaking republic of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community, editor’s note ) after Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and British Guyana.
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The Queen will lose symbolic control of Barbados
In a statement published on the website of the Royal Family and relayed by the Daily Star, it is specified that Queen Elizabeth II is “not involved in the current affairs of the government of Barbados, but she is in regular contact with the Governor General – her representative on site – who keeps her informed of any new or important development. ” A symbolic control that it will lose within a year, if all goes as planned.
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