For years the Caribbean state wanted to sever the institutional links it maintains with its former colonial power. The break will be formalized in 14 months.
“A new era”, newspaper headline Barbados Today after the announcement made by this Caribbean state to leave entirely the British Crown to become a Republic. “Decades after I started talking about the idea of turning Barbados into a republic, it will finally become a reality”, add the daily. In other words, in November 2021, Queen Elisabeth II will cease to be the head of state of the microstate.
It was Sandra Mason, Governor General and de facto Head of State of the island, who made the formal announcement on September 15 during her Speech from the Throne written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley (pictured on the One of the Barbados Today). She clarified, reports Barbados Today, than “This transition would be completed before 55e anniversary of the independence of the island on November 30, 2021 ”.
“Having achieved independence more than half a century ago, our country can without a shadow of a doubt govern itself”, Sandra Mason pointed out.
The time has come to put all of our colonial past behind us. Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. ”
Barbados gained independence in 1966. In the 1970s, recalls Barbados Today, the idea of establishing a republic emerged. But it was not until the end of the 1990s that a commission responsible for examining a constitutional revision in this direction formally validated it. It will therefore have been necessary to wait more than twenty years for it to succeed.
Most of the Caribbean states have maintained ties with the British Crown. With the exception of Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic and Guyana. Jamaica also aspires to follow suit. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said this is one of his government’s priorities, but it remains to be implemented.