Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state and become a republic.Her Majesty the Queen has for years played an important symbolic and ceremonial role for the country – but now they plan to become a republic and “want a Barbadian Head of State”A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the “time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”
She quoted the Caribbean island nation’s first premier Errol Barrow’s warning against “loitering on colonial premises”.
Reading the speech, 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. “Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”