Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason announced her decision yesterday, saying “the time has come to leave our colonial past behind.” She said the Caribbean island wanted “full sovereignty” as it celebrated its 55th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom in November 2021. There are now rumors that more countries in the 16 areas of the Community may want to secede from the British monarchy and create their own head of state.
Australia may be first on the list after Brexit sparked an anti-monarchist movement in 2016.
Australia, which became an independent state in 1901, has a queen as head of state, and Union Jack is included in their flag as a sign of continued ties with the United Kingdom.
However, after the Brexit vote in 201
Peter Fitz Simons, chairman of the Australian Republican movement, said Australia belonged to the British Empire, but historical ties between nations are becoming less relevant because “Britain is almost non-existent.”
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Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of Australia
The Queen with the Governor-General of Barbados Sandra Mason
He told ABC Radio: “It’s one thing for monarchists to say ‘we have to stay so close to Britain’, but how do you feel if you stay so close to little Britain?”
“From the moment Brexit passed, social media came to life with people saying, ‘This is ridiculous, let’s be our own people, let’s get away from this.’
Mr FitzSimons, a journalist and writer who previously played for the Australian rugby team, said that if Australia abandoned the British monarchy, it would be a unifying moment of national pride and not a “divisive and terrible campaign like Brexit”. .
He added; “[We’re] not looking at Brexit as a model at all.
Boris Johnson leads Britain through Brexit this year
“We are just saying that in the 21st century it is ridiculous to say that Australia cannot do better than finding our heads of state by a family of English aristocrats living in a palace in London.
“We are better than that as human beings.”
On the other hand, the monarchist movement said that the British vote had “nothing to do with the transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.”
Philip Benwell, chairman of the Australian Monarchist League, said: “To say that Republicans have an excuse to become a republic is complete, obvious nonsense.”
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The Queen of Australia in 1977
In the 1990s, Malcolm Turnball led the prosecution as chairman of the Republican movement and later served as Prime Minister of Australia from 2015-2018.
In 1999, however, Australians voted against the move.
However, it is widely believed that this should be reconsidered at the end of the Queen’s reign, as her personal popularity far exceeds that of her son and future king, Prince Charles.
However, the Queen herself is not free from scandal when it comes to Australia.
She is mired in rumors of a 40-year political dispute over which she has only recently been acquitted.
Historical letters were published in July this year proving that the Queen had no prior knowledge of the so-called coup that shook Australian politics in 1975.
For years, controversy hovered over Her Majesty’s head, with some suggesting that she had deviated from her apolitical role, feeding on anti-monarchist arguments.
The scandal revolved around the controversial dismissal of Australian Prime Minister Goff Whitlam by Sir John Kerr, Australia’s governor-general at the time, after Mr Whitlam failed to get his budget through parliament and refused to call a poll.
Goff Whitlam (left) and the Queen with Sir John Kerr (right)
The Whitlam government, led by the Australian Labor Party (ALP), was then replaced by the opposition Liberal Party, led by Malcolm Fraser.
Sir John was the Queen’s representative in the country, and although he had the right to make such a decision, it was highly controversial, and the matter provoked something of a constitutional crisis.
The 94-year-old Queen is the constitutional head of state of the United Kingdom and the countries of the British Commonwealth and as such should not get involved in political matters.
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Yet she was haunted for years by speculation that she had somehow participated in the removal of Mr. Whitlam.
The letters, which have been kept secret for more than four decades, were published two months ago and show that the Queen played no part in this decision.
This was a huge excuse for the Queen and took a major argument in favor of Republicanism in Australia.