Barbados declares independence

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been removed from the post of head of state and declared a fully independent and sovereign democracy.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been removed from the post of head of state and declared a fully independent and sovereign democracy.

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Barbados, a country in the Caribbean region of the Atlantic Ocean, has declared itself a completely independent and sovereign democracy by removing Queen Elizabeth II from the post of Head of State. In fact, Barbados intends to do so in November 2021, the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain. A statement from Labor’s 55-year-old Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated that “the people of Barbados want a Barbadian head of state.” The prime minister’s statement was read out by Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason in her annual address to parliament. Governor General Sandra Mason said that after more than half a century of independence from Britain, it was time for us to put our colonial past behind us. He said the Barbadian nation wanted a Barbadian head of state. “Barbados will take the next logical step towards full independence on November 30, 2021, as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of our independence,” said Sandra Mason. On the other hand, in response to the statement made by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Barbados, it has been said that this is a matter between the government and the people of Barbados. Sources at Buckingham Palace say the idea is not unexpected and sudden and has been discussed several times in public. The statement was originally part of a speech at the start of a new session of parliament that outlines government policies and programs.

It should be noted that the Prime Minister’s speech also included the warning of Errol Barrow, the first Prime Minister of the country after the independence of Barbados, who said that the country should not remain within the colonial boundaries. In addition, in 1998, a constitutional review commission proposed secession from the monarchy and the country becoming an independent republic. The government-appointed commission concluded in 1998 that Barbados should be replaced by a republic with a non-executive president as head of state, but that recommendation had not yet been implemented. Keep in mind that Barbados will not be the first country in the Caribbean to secede from the former British colony. Guyana took the initiative less than four years after gaining independence from Britain in 1970, followed by Trinidad and Tobago in 1976 and the Dominican Republic in 1978. It is also interesting to note that Queen Elizabeth and 15 other former British ruled countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. , St. Kitts and Nevis, including the colonies of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, are heads of state represented by the Governor-General, the majority of who are locals. Despite her official position, Queen Elizabeth seldom visits Barbados, and her official duties are performed by the Governor-General. However, if Barbados achieves full independence in November 2021, according to the announcement, it is certain that the post of Governor General, which is considered a sign of slavery, will be abolished and the constitutional post of President will be introduced here.

In the past, locals in Barbados have repeatedly called for the Queen to relinquish her constitutional status, and several island leaders have advocated for an independent republic. The recent announcement has been welcomed with great fanfare on print and electronic media as well as on social media. Some social media users have written in their comments that we don’t need the Queen anymore because we have many celebrities to take up this position, not only the country’s most famous singer Rihanna. They exist, but they also have public acceptance. Another user said that Barbados already has a queen named Rihanna. It should be noted that according to the statistics of 2019, the population of Barbados is only 287,000 people, the vast majority of whom are black people of African descent. It was annexed by the British in 1625. It is also called Little England for its loyalty to the British Raj. It is usually a popular tourist destination and port with Bridgetown as the capital, the largest city in the state. Sugarcane migration and successful cultivation from Brazil in 1640 is said to have played a key role in changing the society, the economy and the landscape of the region as a whole.

Today, Barbados is one of the few major countries in the sugar industry that plays a key role in the country’s economy. Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. Sir Everton Wacott, Gordon Greenidge, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Joel Garner, Desmond Haynes and Malcolm Marshall can be applied with the presence of famous players. The hosting of the World Cup here in 2007 is also a testament to the fact that cricket is the most popular sport here, so cricket and the sugar industry are two important sectors on which Pakistan can improve its bilateral relations with Barbados.


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