Following the passing of the Queen, the Bahamas is the newest member of the Commonwealth to declare its intention to hold a republic referendum and depose King Charles III as head of state.
The country’s participation in the British monarchy may be abolished, the prime minister acknowledged, but the population would ultimately decide
The Prince and Princess of Wales visited several Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas, six months prior and vowed that the Royals’ friendship with them would survive while conceding that the former colonies’ relationship with the monarchy was changing.
A republic vote was not on the administration’s schedule as of Monday, according to a spokesman for The Bahamas’ prime minister.
Nevertheless, based on statements obtained by the Independent, the premier appears to have quickly reversed course on this stance.
This week, Mr. Davis told reporters, “For me, it always is [on the table], but again, it will be up to our people to decide.”
The only issue with us switching to a republic is that, despite my best efforts, I am unable to do so without your permission.
“I will have to hold a referendum, and I will need the approval of the Bahamian people.”
Charles III currently reigns over 14 Commonwealth nations that were once British Empire dominions in addition to the UK, but analysts have warned that several of these could ‘run for the door’ after the late monarch’s passing.
In fact, Antigua and Barbuda’s prime leader declared earlier this week that he would schedule a referendum on the possibility of the nation becoming a republic in three years.
A paper recognizing Charles’ status as the next King was signed by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, although he announced shortly afterward that he would campaign for a vote, as the Earl and Countess of Wessex had earlier this year.
In a historic speech delivered alongside his wife Kate at a glitzy state reception, Prince William indicated during his March visit to the Caribbean that any decision made by Jamaica, Belize, and The Bahamas to secede from the British monarchy and become republics will be supported with “pride and respect.”