Charles becomes king, in the Commonwealth the first farewell to the monarchy: Antigua and Barbuda want to become a republic

“Within three years the islands Antigua and Barbuda they will be able to decide whether to become a Republic ». Thus the premier of the Caribbean islands Gaston Browne quoted by the Bbc in shape on the future of the two territories belonging to the Commonwealth and on the referendum that could turn them into the Republic. Both Antigua and Barbuda recognized as king and head of state Charles IIIbefore him the queen mother Elizabeth II. But now they seem ready to make the leap towards independence. “This is not a act of hostility», Explained the premier a few days after death of the sovereign of England and from proclamation of the new king. “But the final step in completing the circle of independence and becoming a truly sovereign nation,” she continued. Browne also explained that he will hold a referendum if he is re-elected next year. A very probable eventuality considering the 15 seats out of 17 that his party holds in the House of Representatives. In addition to the United Kingdom, King Charles III serves as head of state in 14 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Some of these they begin to reconsider the role of the monarchy, others have already done so. In 2021 it was Barbados to elect the first president, after having removed the queen from the office of Head of State. Dame Sandra Mason72, governor general of the island since 2018, was appointed elected president of the nation after a vote in parliament. On the same wavelength also the Jamaicawhere the ruling Labor party declared its goal of holding a referendum to become an independent republic.

“The heir Carlo will remove the Commonwealth countries”

The new king will therefore have a lot to do with the Commonwealth, that is, with that set of countries that once belonged to the British Empire, in part still subject to the crown, in part allied now as republics. In the very first hours as a new sovereign, Charles III held a meeting with Baroness Patricia Scotland, general secretary of the Commonwealth and with the high commissioners of the 14 nations who continue to recognize him as head of state. To them he reiterated “the commitment to serve the realms of the Commonwealth, and not just the United Kingdom, with loyalty and in compliance with the constitutional rules of each”. On possible referendums, Charles III had already expressed his opinion last June at the last summit held in Rwanda, where he had clarified that “remaining under the monarchy or becoming a republic is a matter on which it is up to each country to decide freely”. And he added: “My long life experience has taught me that changes can be agreed upon calmly and without rancor“. UK analysts seem to have no doubts in this regard: the rise of a “less popular” heir could offer a window of opportunity to the arguments of the Republican fringe across the Channel on the costs of an institution that, if eliminated, would relieve taxpayers from 350 million pounds a year.

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