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Barbados plans to become a republic next year

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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020. 2:02 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Famously known as “Little England” for its ties to the United Kingdom, Barbados intends to remove Her Majesty the Queen as head of state by its fifty-fifth anniversary of independence next November, Caribbean Lifestyle magazine reports.

Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason, opening the Barbados parliament today, declared that “it was time for Barbados to leave its colonial past behind.” She did not provide any further details.

Barbados became independent on November 30, 1966, but continues to retain Elizabeth II as Queen and head of state, one of 16 Commonwealth realms including Belize to do so.

Former Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, had promised during his tenure to ensure that “a white, English great-grandmother in faraway London will soon be replaced by a local person of standing.”

Barbados, like Belize, dropped the Privy Council as its final court of appeal, replacing it with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). It will join Guyana, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago as regional countries to end ties with the Queen, with Jamaica also having previously announced intentions to do so.

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