Barbados is getting closer to becoming a republic, thanks to constitutional reform.
THE QUEEN is on the verge of losing one of her overseas domains, as Barbados has taken another significant step toward becoming a republic.
When the Barbados Parliament unanimously passed a constitutional reform on Wednesday, it sent a strong signal that it intends to cut all Caribbean country ties with the Crown. Barbados will become a republic by the end of the year, thanks to this change.
It states that the country’s head of state should be a Barbadian rather than a British king.
Furthermore, instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen, Barbadians will swear allegiance to their country and the continuity of its institutions under this reform.
Barbados’ new legal status will take effect on November 30, which is also the country’s independence day from the United Kingdom.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says the change has put an end to the country’s debate over full independence.
“We have the confidence in ourselves to be totally responsible for who we are and what we do,” she said, referring to the reform vote.
Ms. Mottley and the opposition leader, Reverend Joseph Atherley, will now file a presidential nomination and determine a date for the election.
The Barbadian Prime Minister declared last month that her government had decided to name the incumbent Governor-General as the country’s first President.
“I am glad to report to the people of this nation today that Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason has consented to my Government proposing her to be the first president of this nation at the right time,” Ms Mottley said.
“We believe this is the path we should take, and we appreciate her excellency’s generous assent in this regard.”
“My countrymen, we have come too far as a nation, and all we are attempting to do now is put an end to the independence debate.”
The Queen is currently represented in Barbados by Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason.
Ms. Mottley also promised her compatriots in August that the new republic would not result in significant changes to the country’s name, flag, or vow.
“There is no modification to the flag,” she replied.
“The name of Independence Day has not changed, and the name of Barbados has not changed.
“Barbados is Barbados,” says the narrator. “Brinkwire Summary News”. We’re not the Commonwealth of Barbados; we’re not the Republic of Barbados; we’re Barbados.