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Old 09-16-2020, 10:50 AM
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They are countries that have their own Head of State, but joined the Commonwealth family/organisation, sometimes decades ago. India for example, which has a President. They acknowledge that the Queen is the ceremonial Head of the Commonwealth but not their particular HOS. There are 54 states in the Commonwealth but the Queen heads only 16 of them at the moment, including Australia.
Thank you for that information. As an American I never realized the difference.
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:23 AM
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Then you have places like the Maldives. "The Commonwealth has welcomed its 54th family member after Maldives' application for re-admission was approved. The small island nation officially re-joined the Commonwealth at 00:01 today (Saturday, February 1 2020)."

I think the Queen is very happy with the Commonwealth of Nations whether or not she is their head of state. A really good book that looks into her involvement with the Commonwealth through the years is "Queen of the World" by Robert Hardman.
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:40 PM
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The speech specifically indicated that 'they wanted to leave their colonial history behind'. That sentiment certainly resonates with other countries in the region, so, a rather logical move. We'll have to see if it indeed materializes within the next year. Why keep a head of state that is primarily focused on a different country, hasn't been to your country for a long time, and with your country just being a minor one among more than a dozen other 'other realms'? Especially since they can still be part of the Commonwealth and I see no reason why they wouldn't.
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Old 09-16-2020, 05:27 PM
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As someone who lives in a country that once was a colony of Britain and who celebrates Independence Day every year when it comes around, I honestly can't say I blame them. There is a lot of support in Canada, Australia, and Jamaica as well for those countries to become a Republic. They likely will during Prince Charles's reign.

The Queen (Monarch) is a ceremonial role in The U.K now, even more in countries with the Queen as head of state. She is purely a figurehead in those countries, and the Governor-General is the one who mostly run the show. The Queen has not visited some of these countries in at least 20 years or more.

A country deserves the right to decide their own future. If they wish to cut all ties with a foreign Monarch of another sovereign state and become a fully independent nation and insert a Republic, so be it. That is their right to do so. You really can't blame them for wanting a head of state who was born in their own country. I don't understand how anyone could be against that?

Good luck to them.
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Old 09-16-2020, 05:48 PM
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I hope Barbados will remain part of the Commonwealth: I don't see any reason why it shouldn't. There's not going to be any ill-feeling over this: I'm sure that the Queen will be sad, but will also completely understand why they want their own head of state.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:09 PM
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As far as Australia is concerned no Federal government majority, however large, has the power to remove the Head of State. Such a move requires changing our (written) Constitution. A referendum will have to be held, and IMO it will take place sooner than in a few decades. It's more probable within King Charles's reign, perhaps ten years or a bit less.

Why would Jamaica and Barbados decide to leave the Commonwealth if they become republics? The vast majority of countries in the Commonwealth are republics.
I should have make myself more clear earlier. I do think leaving the Commonwealth after becoming a Republic would be an extreme circumstance, given that most countries in the commonwealth do not have the Queen as the head of state.

I personally do think a referendum for a Republic (or remain constitutional monarchy) would be the most "democratic" way, as it reflects the general public views (assuming with high turnout percentage or compulsory voting), not from government officials (Governor general, prime ministers or other senior minister).

Thank you Curryong for clarifying that if a political party (in a governing majority if not the largest) promised to remove the British Monarch as the head of state, it would require a change in the Australian Constitution. I assume this would be the case in New Zealand and Canada as well.

Although there are republicans in left-leaning parties of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, but I don't think the debate for their heads of states is their top priority right now, certainly in Queen Elizabeth II reign. It all would depends on the public mood on Prince Charles as both as Prince of Wales and future King.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:46 PM
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A country deserves the right to decide their own future. If they wish to cut all ties with a foreign Monarch of another sovereign state and become a fully independent nation and insert a Republic, so be it. That is their right to do so. You really can't blame them for wanting a head of state who was born in their own country. I don't understand how anyone could be against that?

Good luck to them.

The boldfaced sentence is a common misconception. The Commonwealth realms are fully independent countries in all matters, foreign or domestic.



Constitutionally, the Queen of Barbados and the Queen of the United Kingdom are two distinct legal persons even though they may be the same physical person. The fact that they are physically the same person does not imply any colonial status on the part of the realms vis a vis the UK.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:41 PM
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The boldfaced sentence is a common misconception. The Commonwealth realms are fully independent countries in all matters, foreign or domestic.



Constitutionally, the Queen of Barbados and the Queen of the United Kingdom are two distinct legal persons even though they may be the same physical person. The fact that they are physically the same person does not imply any colonial status on the part of the realms vis a vis the UK.
I am well aware of that.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:07 PM
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As someone who lives in a country that once was a colony of Britain and who celebrates Independence Day every year when it comes around, I honestly can't say I blame them. There is a lot of support in Canada, Australia, and Jamaica as well for those countries to become a Republic. They likely will during Prince Charles's reign.

The Queen (Monarch) is a ceremonial role in The U.K now, even more in countries with the Queen as head of state. She is purely a figurehead in those countries, and the Governor-General is the one who mostly run the show. The Queen has not visited some of these countries in at least 20 years or more.

A country deserves the right to decide their own future. If they wish to cut all ties with a foreign Monarch of another sovereign state and become a fully independent nation and insert a Republic, so be it. That is their right to do so. You really can't blame them for wanting a head of state who was born in their own country. I don't understand how anyone could be against that?

Good luck to them.
Cant speak for the other countries, but Canada no.

There is a republican movement but pretty minimal one. There is no big push for Canada to become a republic. Most Canadians are quite content as it is. And unless Charles does something horrible, I don't see Canada having a sudden surge of republican demand.

The only separatist movement we worry about is Quebec but they want to ditch us all. Not just the queen on the money.

Canada has enough political worry internally then they need to be concerned about who is on our money. For most Canadians that is what the queen is and only time anyone complains is when they come on tour and we have to pick up the bill for it. Canada day is very much a celebration of independence in Canadian minds. It was the day we became a country.


If the commonwealth realms fall to only one left, I'd be shocked if it wasn't Canada as the loan hold out. We certainly wont be among the first to run.


We do decide our own future. The queen doesn't step in. We elect our politicians just like you do. The queen is simply a head on the money whose representative opens and closes parliament.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:32 PM
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The only separatist movement we worry about is Quebec but they want to ditch us all. Not just the queen on the money.
This is not entirely true as there is also separatist fomentation forming in Alberta.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:48 PM
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This is not entirely true as there is also separatist fomentation forming in Alberta.
That’s not going to go anywhere... it’d just political theatre.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:43 PM
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This is not entirely true as there is also separatist fomentation forming in Alberta.
I live in Alberta. There is a disgruntled group of people who think that we should become our own country yes. But there is no political movement. There isn't a political party, and separatist activity. Quebec on the other hand has actual referendums about trying to separate. Big difference.

And again that has nothing to do with ditching the queen. It has to do with ditching Ontario.


Its our version of when Americans get pissed off and say 'that's it I am moving to Canada'. I always laugh when I hear that. Especially when you legalized gay marriage and a whole bunch of homophobes threatened to move North considering we legalized it nationally a decade before.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:54 PM
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I live in Alberta. There is a disgruntled group of people who think that we should become our own country yes. But there is no political movement. There isn't a political party, and separatist activity. Quebec on the other hand has actual referendums about trying to separate. Big difference.

And again that has nothing to do with ditching the queen. It has to do with ditching Ontario.
Quebec has HAD separation referendums. The last one was 25 years ago. The laws have been changed so that they are no longer allowed to simply vote themselves out. There also hasn't been much interest in doing so since the last time.

And Albertan disgruntled ditching has plenty to do with Quebec as well as Ontario.
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Old 09-16-2020, 10:56 PM
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Quebec has HAD separation referendums. The last one was 25 years ago. The laws have been changed so that they are no longer allowed to simply vote themselves out. There also hasn't been much interest in doing so since the last one.

And Albertan disgruntled ditching has plenty to do with Quebec as well as Ontario.
The point being is Alberta is just disgruntled discussion. And I said Ontario as our disgruntlement is aimed at the capital and PM. Who is located in Ontario.

Compared to Quebec who actually had a political movement to separate from Canada. And voted on it.

I was pointing out the vast difference between angry people making facebook memes and an actual political movement.


Again neither of which has nothing to do with this thread. As neither had to do with the queen. But getting rid of the rest of Canada.
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Old 09-17-2020, 01:31 PM
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I hope Barbados will remain part of the Commonwealth: I don't see any reason why it shouldn't. There's not going to be any ill-feeling over this: I'm sure that the Queen will be sad, but will also completely understand why they want their own head of state.
Absolutely. It's happened before. I'm sure she's quite relaxed about it.
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Old 09-17-2020, 01:55 PM
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Thank you Curryong for clarifying that if a political party (in a governing majority if not the largest) promised to remove the British Monarch as the head of state, it would require a change in the Australian Constitution. I assume this would be the case in New Zealand and Canada as well.
I'm curious. Is that how the debate is framed in Australia? As a discussion over the "British" monarch having a role in Australian affairs?
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Old 09-17-2020, 06:05 PM
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The Queen is formally the Queen of Australia, so no. However it is self-evident that she is British and not Australian-born and republicans here want an Australian as Head of State. The main argument that caused quite a few Ausralians to vote to keep the current model of HOS in the last referendum over twenty years ago was the form any presidency would take. Many wished for an elected American-style presidency which of course does not sit well with the Westminster form of government we have here.

The debate about republicanism is on the back burner in Australia and has been for years, really. It is sort of recognised that while the Queen lives, that will remain. However, after her death I expect the debate to begin again in earnest, and perhaps followed by a constitutional convention like last time to choose the model. After that a referendum, which of course may or may not get through.
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Thanks for that clarification.
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