In a speech to the Parliament of Barbados, Governor General Sandra Mason calls for the creation of a Barbadian head of state.
Barbados, a Caribbean micro-state, has announced that it will free itself from its subjugation to the British Crown and become a republic by the end of November 2021.
The constitutional divorce was declared Tuesday by the Governor General of the island, Sandra Mason, during a speech to return to the local parliament.
“Having obtained its independence more than half a century ago, our country can have no doubts about its capacities to manage itself”, justified Ms. Mason, who was speaking in the capital, Bridgetown.
The time has come to say a real farewell to our colonial past. The Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state, ”continued the one who is the official representative on the island of the Queen of England.
Elizabeth II will therefore lose her sovereignty over one of the last kingdoms of the Commonwealth, which are former British colonies that have become independent.
Asked in London on the subject, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said that the decision fell “to the authorities and the people of Barbados”.
Barbados, a tourist pearl of the Lesser Antilles, is particularly popular with Anglo-Saxon high society. The island of only 430 km² had 287,000 inhabitants in 2019 according to the World Bank.
Posted today at 6:20 p.m.