In November 2021, Barbados formalized its break with the British Monarchy , which meant the end of the recognition of Elizabeth II as head of state and its formalization as a republic.
And these same steps can be followed by another member of the Commonwealth, as is the case with Antigua and Barbuda. These small islands, located in the easternmost part of the Caribbean Sea, formalized their accession to the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981. Their ties with the United Kingdom date back to 1667, with the arrival of the first British, who succeeded the Spanish and French. .
Some ties that, more than four centuries later, are ready to break. This has been assured by his prime minister, Gaston Browne, who will propose a referendum “in the next three years” to disassociate himself from the English Royal House. “This is not an act of hostility or any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the Monarchy, but it is the final step to complete that circle of independence, to ensure that we are truly a sovereign nation,” Browne told ITV.