Whereas the nation of islands gained independence in 1981, it nonetheless holds the UK monarch as its head of state.
Antigua and Barbuda plans to resolve on whether or not to change into a republic throughout the subsequent three years, the Caribbean nation’s prime minister has mentioned, in a transfer that will see Britain’s new King Charles III eliminated as its head of state.
“This can be a matter that needs to be taken to a referendum … throughout the subsequent, in all probability, three years,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne advised ITV Information on Saturday shortly after an area ceremony confirmed Charles III because the nation’s king following Queen Elizabeth II’s loss of life.
The 100,000-member nation gained independence from Britain in 1981, however is likely one of the 15 nations a part of the Commonwealth – a political affiliation that features largely former territories of the British empire – that also share the UK’s monarch as their head of state.
Brown mentioned changing into a republic was “a remaining step to finish the circle of independence to make sure we’re actually a sovereign nation”, however pressured a referendum was “not an act of hostility” and wouldn’t contain retiring Commonwealth membership.
Browne’s pledge comes amid a rising republican push throughout the Caribbean area, with Barbados voting to take away the UK monarchy final 12 months, and the ruling social gathering in Jamaica having signalled it might comply with.
Nonetheless, Browne – who’s up for re-election subsequent 12 months – mentioned he was not responding to a widespread push from Antiguans to carry a vote.
“I believe most individuals haven’t even bothered to consider it,” he advised ITV.