Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Antigua and Barbuda call for referendum on relations with the British Crown

San Juan.- Prime Minister old and beardedGaston Brown announced that he would call a referendum in the country within three years to decide whether he wanted to remain united in the British monarchy or declare a republic.

“It is not an act of enmity or difference between old and bearded and monarchy, but this is the last step in completing that cycle of independence, to make sure that we are really a sovereign nation,” Brown said in an interview with English network ITV, reported by local media this Sunday. Posted on.

The island country gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981, but retains the British monarch as its head of state, as do other Caribbean nations that plan to become republics such as Jamaica.

Brown’s statement came a few days after his death. Queen Isabel II and proclamation as the new emperor of Charles III,

When asked about the deadline for the referendum above, the prime minister indicated that “probably within the next three years.”

He also speculated that, even if the monarchy was abolished, his country would remain a committed member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

On the day of Elizabeth II’s death, Brown sent his condolences “to” King Charles III and to the royal family” and highlighted the role of the emperor during his long reign.

“Queen Elizabeth ruled for seven decades, earning respect and high regard from all corners of the world. Her Majesty’s leadership of the Commonwealth of Nations has been splendid, joining hands with English-speaking states from every continent and territories,” he Told. Statement.

He also emphasized that the relationship between United Kingdom And during this time his country has been “mutually respectful and unchanging”.

Several former British colonies in the Caribbean have announced plans to adopt republicanism, an idea that gained momentum after Barbados declared a republic on November 30, 2021, led by a local head of state, Sandra Mason. .

Read also: What is the role of the monarchy in Britain?

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