September 27, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
This year’s United Nation, UN General Assembly of world leaders came on the heels of another event that reverberated internationally, the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, followed by both an outpouring of tributes and sometimes bitter reflection on the colonial empire that came to an end during her seven decades ON the throne.
There were also some questions about whether the loss of the long-reigning monarch might affect the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 56 nations that, in many cases, have historic and linguistic ties to Britain. Fourteen of them are Commonwealth “realms”, former colonies where the British monarch, now King Charles III remains head of state.
Some already were revisiting that relationship before the queen’s death. Barbados snipped its link to the monarchy and became fully independent last year to felicitations from Elizabeth and Charles.
The Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda said earlier this year that they intend to do likewise and Antigua and Barbuda’s Gaston Brown followed up after the Queen’s death saying he plans to call a referendum within three years.