Barbados isn’t interested in having the Queen as their head of state anymore as it has all plans to become a republic. The Caribbean government is determined to become a free independent nation and would like to do away with the figurative ruler that has continued to make it feel like a slave state.
By November 2021, the state plans to complete its process of declaring itself a republic by the time come for Britain to celebrate the 55th Independence day. Towards this, the current Prime Minister Mia Mottley has written a speech which states that indeed Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. Up until now, Queen Elizabeth has been the state’s monarch.
The statement made by the world woman PM for Barbados is a part of the Throne Speech made to the palace every year. A constitutional review commission recommended republican status for Barbados in 1998, but it could never be implemented. Predecessors of Mottley have argued for the free republic in their time but it is going to be probably a woman’s victory after all.
While Barbados still awaits to become a free republic, Guyana took that step in 1970, less than four years after gaining independence from Britain. Trinidad and Tobago followed suit in 1976 and Dominica in 1978.
Many of the 15 countries that are currently part of the Queen’s realm seem to value the relationship it provides with her and the United Kingdom.
Barbados feels confident to go on its own for various economic reasons. Once heavily dependent on sugar exports, its economy has gradually diversified into tourism and finance. Its PM Mia Mottley that was elected in 2018 became the first woman to hold the post.
In 2003, the process of going independent started when Barbados decided to move its judicial courts from London with the more local Caribbean court of justice in Trinidad. According to the Telegraph, even Jamaica is contemplating a similar move and social analysts believe that the recent ‘Black Lives Matters’ campaign could have precipitated the final decision to move away from the colonial rule.
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