Barbados wants to become a republic by removing Queen Elizabeth of Britain as its head of state, with the Caribbean island nation’s government reviving the scheme plundered several times in the past.
Barbados, a former British colony that gained independence in 1966, has maintained a formal relationship with the British monarchy as there are some other countries that were once part of the British Empire.
Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason gave a speech on the country’s Prime Minister Mia Matali, saying, “The time has come to completely leave our colonial past behind”.
“Barbadians want the head of a Barbadian state. This is the ultimate statement of faith about who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Therefore, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by then, Until we build our lives. ” 55th Anniversary of Independence. “
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That anniversary will come in November next year.
Buckingham Palace said the issue was an issue for the people of Barbados. The UK Foreign Office said the decision was one for Barbados.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said, “Barbados and the UK are united in our shared history, culture, language and more. We have a lasting partnership and we will continue to work with them with all our valued Caribbean partners.”
As things stand, the Governor General of Barbados is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister of the island. The Governor General represents the Queen at ceremonial events, such as the state inauguration of Parliament, on which occasion Mason delivered a speech on Tuesday.
Britain has played an important role in the history of Barbados, which was replaced by the Atlantic slave trade. The island was claimed for England in 1625 when Captain Henry Powell arrived there.
It was quickly settled in British hands for centuries, unlike the Caribbean, British, Dutch, French, and other Caribbean islands fought by Americans. The introduction of African slaves to work in the fields of sugar plantations acquired great wealth for the white ruling class.
Today’s population of less than 300,000 is overwhelmingly of African descent. Some of the cultural connections to Britain are still evident: towns have names like Hastings and Streets such as Liverpool Lane, while the game of cricket is very popular.
Britain is home to a large community of people of Barbadian origin.