The former British colony gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 but is one of 14 countries besides the United Kingdom where the British monarch is the head of state. It is also part of the Commonwealth, a 56-member organization made up mostly of former British territories.
“It is a matter that must be put to a referendum for the people to decide,” he said, adding that it was not “to represent any form of disrespect towards the monarch. This is not an act of hostility, nor any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy.”
He explained that it would be “a final step in completing the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation”.
Questions were raised in March about the monarchy’s continued role in the region after the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, visited three Commonwealth realms – Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas – on a trip to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th birthday. years on the throne.
Last year, Barbados severed its last imperial ties with Britain by declaring itself a republic.
The Barbados decision marked the first time in nearly three decades that a kingdom has chosen to depose the British monarch as head of state. The last nation to do so was Mauritius in 1992. Like that country, Barbados is still part of the Commonwealth.