Long may the Queen reign! Barbados’ ministries are split following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a republic in MONTHS.
BARBADIAN MPs are split over whether the Queen should be deposed as head of state immediately and the country become a republic in November.
On November 30, the Caribbean nation’s 55th year of independence, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the country would become a republic.
The Prime Minister announced the plans during a speech, saying the island will have a non-executive president with largely ceremonial duties.
“On November 30th this year, our beautiful nation, which we love, shall become a Parliamentary Republic,” the Prime Minister declared, adding that more adjustments will be made “to enable that transition to a new president to be sworn in on November 30.”
A ten-member Republican Status Transition Advisory Committee (RSTAC) will oversee a swift revision of the country’s Constitution to enable for the formation of a republic.
However, according to Barbadian media, there have been disagreements among Committee members on the fast transition to republic status.
Several Barbadian news sites reported that some members of parliament have called for a re-examination of the entire process of replacing Queen Elizabeth II.
“There is no constitutional document,” a source stated.
“They [Ministers] haven’t signed a constitutional document yet.”
“They won’t be able to proceed without a constitutional amendment.
“A number of individuals are concerned about the haste with which they are advancing without a sufficient legal framework in place.” Meanwhile, a second panel of three Barbadians with constitutional experience highlighted worries about moving to a republican system of government immediately.
They also said it wasn’t “necessary or desirable” to change the country’s name to “The Republic of Barbados, the Commonwealth of Barbados, or anything else.” The Queen has been the country’s head of state since its independence in 1966, but the issue of becoming a republic has been debated at the national level for decades.
“Over the next four months, we will begin and complete the discussion to resolve among ourselves what is that trajectory?” Prime Minister Mottley said in her speech, arguing for a republic.
“How do we wish to accept both the Republic and the new constitution in spirit?” Who are we, exactly? What do we believe in?
“And the Republic Transition Advisory Committee, along with other members of civil society, will lead that conversation.”Brinkwire Summary News”.