In a bid to become a republic come 2021, Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state.
The Caribbean island said it wants “full sovereignty” by the time it celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence from the UK in November 2021.
A speech written by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted its first premier Errol Barrow who warned against “loitering on colonial premises”.
Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason made the announcement in a speech Tuesday, revealing that the Caribbean nation would move “toward full sovereignty and become a Republic” by Nov. 30, 2021 on the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from the British empire.
Reading the speech, Barbados’ governor-general Dame Sandra Mason said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.
“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state.
“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.
Reacting in a short statement, Buckingham Palace said Barbados’ intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a “matter” for the Caribbean nation.
Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans a palace spokesman said: “This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.”
Barbados gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch.
Barbados would join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it proceeds with its plan to become a republic.