The caribbean island of Barbados wants remove to Queen IsabelII as their head of state and become a republic, He said government, reliving a plan discussed multiple times at past.
Barbados, a old colony who got his independence in 1966, has maintained a formal bond with the british monarchy, like other countries how Canada, Australia and a series of Caribbean nations than ever they were part of British Empire.
“The time has come to completely leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason in a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
He governor general represents the queen in formal events.
“The people of Barbados want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Therefore, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence, ”Mason announced.
That anniversary will come in November of next year.
Buckingham Palace said the issue is a matter for the people of Barbados.
The UK Foreign Ministry said Barbados should make the decision.
“Barbados and the UK are united in our shared history, culture, language and much more. We have an enduring partnership and will continue to work with them alongside all of our valued Caribbean partners,” said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office.
Barbados would follow the example of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana to become a republic.
All three remain part of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 countries, mostly former British colonies, which is formally headed by the Queen.
Barbados is also expected to remain part of the Commonwealth.
First taken by England in 1625, Barbados remained in British hands unlike other Caribbean islands for which the Spanish, British, Dutch, French and Americans fought.
British colonialists used the land for sugar cane production and the island became a focus of the brutal transatlantic slave trade, as plantation owners shipped Africans captured as slaves to work in the fields.
According to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, in the 1670s enslaved Africans outnumbered whites by nearly 10 to one.
Many Africans did not survive the horrendous sea passage to the Caribbean and endured dire conditions on the plantations.
Meanwhile, the slave owners became enormously wealthy.
Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and full freedom from slavery was celebrated in 1838.
The current population of less than 300,000 is overwhelmingly of African descent. Some of the UK’s past influence is still evident: the cities have names like Hastings, while the sport of cricket is very popular.
The UK, home to a large community of people of Caribbean descent, has recently been going through a reckoning with its role in the slave trade.
Several statues of slave traders have been toppled, either by protesters or by the authorities.