Barbados is a former colony of the United Kingdom and gained independence in 1966. Today it has become a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. The queen is its main symbolic head of state.
The Governor of the Barbados Parliament, Dame Sandra Mason, revealed in a speech delivered by the Barbados Parliament on Tuesday that her government intends to make the country a sovereign republic and said: “It’s time to get rid of our colonial era completely.”
Of the 286,000 people in Barbados, the vast majority are blacks, whose ancestors can be traced back to the 1
Mason said in his speech: “Barbados people want the Barbadian head of state.” “This is the final statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”
Mason said that as the island celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence in November 2021, “the next logical step towards full sovereignty” will be taken next year.
Today’s Barbados reporter Randy Bennett wrote that this announcement surprised many people because the idea has been debated on the island since the 1970s.
Mason said that Barbados is ready for circumcision with the monarchy and emphasized that it is time to do so. She said: “The danger and uncertainty of the times force us to strengthen our foundation.”
Activists on the island staged demonstrations to support the movement for black lives. Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, stated that Britain should reflect on the mistakes made during the long colonial period.
The prince said via a video link in July: “When you cross the Commonwealth, we cannot move forward unless we recognize the past.” “So many people have done an incredible job in acknowledging the past and trying to correct these mistakes. But I think we all admit that there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Harry said: “It won’t be easy. In some cases, it won’t be very comfortable, but it needs to be done because, I guess everyone will benefit from it.”
Barbados can continue to be a member of the Commonwealth, which is a voluntary union of 54 countries, most of which are former British territories, even if there is no queen as the head of state. Commonwealth countries include Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
After most of the former British colonies in the Caribbean gained independence, they maintained contact with the monarchy. If Barbados does decide to retire the queen as the head of state, it will join Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica. The other eight Caribbean or CARICOM states in the Caribbean still have the Queen as the head of state, the largest being Jamaica and the Bahamas.