Charles III, King of England and also leader of the commonwealth, has received the first ‘bad news’ of his reign. The Bahamas, a member country of the Commonwealth of Nations, has communicated its intention to hold a referendum to proclaim a republic and remove Carlos III as its monarch.
The Bahamian Prime Minister, Philip Davies, has assured that there is a possibility to put to a vote the elimination of the monarchy in the country. On Monday, a spokesman for the prime minister explained that establishing a republic “It is not an issue on the administration’s agenda.”. But this Thursday, Davies has swerved, according to statements collected by The Independent: “For me, it always is [un posible referéndum para proclamar la república]but again it is our people who will have to decide”.
“The only challenge in moving to a republic is that I cannot, as much as I want to, I can’t do it without your consent”, Davies pointed out. “I will have to hold a referendum, and the Bahamian people will have to say ‘yes’ to me”, has assured. Without the approval of the citizens of the Bahamas, the country will remain under the British monarchy, to which they owe no submission, but they recognize their king as head of state. The announcement comes after Davies fired Elizabeth II with messages of “unity” in the world. “A service that inspired unity for our world. You fulfilled what you promised, your rest is well deserved. The world is a better place because of your reign. Rest in peace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the Bahamian Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
Now, the divorce proposal with the United Kingdom is put on the table six months after the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the Caribbean nations of the Commonwealth. At the end of the Caribbean tour, six of the 15 countries in the region that are part of the group had expressed his intention to part his ways from British royalty.
What is the Commonwealth?
The Commonwealth, also known as the Commonwealth of Nations, is a grouping made up of countries that were once British colonies or have historical ties to the country. It is made up of a total of 56 states, all independent, from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific.
Despite having a relationship with the United Kingdom, countries are under no obligation to belong to the Commonwealth, and can leave it if they wish. In fact, it is possible to belong to the Commonwealth without being a monarchy. In other words, if the referendum in the Bahamas goes ahead and is approved, the country could continue to be part of the grouping, despite being a republic and having ‘fired’ Carlos III.
Barbados was the last Commonwealth country to proclaim a republic. He did it less than a year ago, in November 2021, and decided to remain part of the group. Barbados will not be the last. In addition to the Bahamas, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda announced that it will hold a referendum for the country to become a republic within three years.