Antigua and Barbuda plans to carry a referendum on changing into a republic inside the subsequent three years, the Caribbean nation’s prime minister informed British media Saturday, a transfer that might see King Charles III eliminated as its head of state.
“This is a matter that has to be taken to a referendum…within the next, probably, three years,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne informed ITV News shortly after an area ceremony confirmed Charles III because the nation’s King following Queen Elizabeth II’s dying.
The tiny Caribbean island nation, which grew to become impartial from Britain in 1981, is certainly one of 14 Commonwealth members who share the UK monarch as their head of state.
Brown mentioned changing into a republic was “a final step to complete the circle of independence to ensure we are truly a sovereign nation,” however confused a referendum was “not an act of hostility” and wouldn’t contain retiring Commonwealth membership.
Antigua’s prime minister didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, and Reuters was not capable of independently confirm the proposal.
The nation has a inhabitants of lower than 100,000, based on official information.
PM 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 celebration in Jamaica having signaled it could 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 think most people haven’t even bothered to think about it,” he informed ITV.
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