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Journey to republic

ALBERT BRANDFORD, [email protected]

Journey to republic

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BARBADIANS ARE ABOUT to resume what’s likely to be another rollercoaster ride on the third leg of the island’s journey to republican status possibly to coincide with its 50th anniversary of Independence on November 30, 2016.

The promise has come from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who pledged to a St George South branch meeting last Sunday to complete the work started by former prime ministers Errol Barrow and Owen Arthur.

“We cannot pat ourselves on the shoulders at having gone into independence; having decolonised our politics, our decision making . . . at having decolonised our jurisprudence by delinking from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and explain to anybody why we continue to have a monarchical system,” he said.

“We are a little awkward in the year 2015 to have to stand up and instead of pledging allegiance to Barbados, to be pledging allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen. And therefore, Errol Barrow decolonised the politics and Owen Arthur decolonised the jurisprudence and Freundel Stuart is going to complete the process.”

Stuart made it clear, however, that while his Government intended to take this step, Barbados would not be severing its relationship with the British Crown or the Commonwealth – of which the Queen is still head. (AB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.