Barbados to become republic, remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state by November 2021 when nation marks 55th anniversary of independence, announces Dame Sandra Mason, Governor General and the Queen's domestic rep, in outlining upcoming priorities of @miaamormottley admin.
"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state." - Dame Sandra Mason, Governor General of Barbados.
Barbados, like Ja, other CARICOM states have flirted with this before. In 1998 a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/…

In 2015, then PM Stuart said his admin would get it done.
jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbados-…
Barbados, though, has removed the UK-based Privy Council as its final court of appeal. The Caribbean Court of Justice is now the nation's highest court.

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