Commonwealth: Uncertain future after death of Elizabeth II?


  • At the moment, only Antigua and Barbuda have shown a definite desire to secede from the British monarchy.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, The grouping of 54 nations with British ties, known as the Commonwealth, faces an uncertain future, as some of the countries involved have hinted at the prospect of forging a republican future, outside the purview of the British monarchy.

Established in late 1926, The Commonwealth seeks to promote political and economic cooperation whileSince the middle of the last century, this does not mean that member states should pay tribute to the British monarch.

Although the organization has been enjoying some stability under the long reign of Elizabeth II,Despite the recent breakup of Barbados, the death of the monarch has left some countries open to the possibility of leaving the Commonwealth.

Thus, countries like old and bearded To a greater or lesser extent, the door for republicanism is left open, thus following in the footsteps of Barbados, which withdrew the recognition of Elizabeth II as head of state in November 2021 in an act that Carlos III participated in, Then the Prince of Wales and heir to the British monarchy. Now, after the historic death of the eternal Elizabeth II, The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has announced that he will hold a referendum to determine the future sovereign of the Caribbean archipelago, a British colony, until 1981.

According to Prime Minister Brown, the move should not be interpreted as an “act of hostility”, but as necessary to “complete that circle of independence” and “guarantee” the nation’s sovereignty. Joining the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Antigua and BarbudaJacinda Ardern has left the door open for the maritime country to secede from the British monarchy, although she has predicted it will not be “a short-term measure”, He is confident that he will see this change before he dies.

“I’ve made my point clear several times. I think (independence) is where New Zealand is going in the future. It’s likely to happen in my lifetime, but don’t see it as a short-term measure or something ” to be on the agenda in the short term,” Ardern said.

Countries That Don’t Believe It: Australia and Canada

For his part, the Prime Minister of Australia, aNathony Albanese, leader of the other great nations that made up the Commonwealth, has acknowledged that “now is not the time to talk” in connection with the possible departure of the group, and recalled that Elizabeth II always “respects the self-determination of the Australian people.”

Meanwhile in Canada, although demographic studies show a certain desire for independence, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keeps the issue off his political agenda.Even more so given that at the constitutional level, any change in this regard requires the unanimous support of all provincial legislatures to be approved.

Countries like one more step The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis or St. Lucia, where there are also independence movements, although they have not been reactivated in recent times, not even after the death of Elizabeth II.

Thus, the future of the Commonwealth is emerging as one of the great challenges that will be faced by Charles III, who, after years of waiting to receive the baton, had already expressed his “deep-rootedness” in his first speech as King. Personal commitment”. Mother with a group of nations.

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