Farewell Your Majesty: Barbados to End Its Association With the British Crown
"We believe [Ms Mason] is a fitting nomination for the post of being the first president of Barbados to be elected by this parliament. I am happy to report that the honorable leader of the opposition like myself agrees that the dignity of the occasion requires this joint effort. There are some things that are simply above partisan considerations in this nation", the prime minister said.
"It's not a divisive decision. It allows the people of Barbados to tell the world that we have the confidence in ourselves to be fully responsible for who we are and what we do", Ms Mottley stressed.
If all goes as planned the move will reduce Queen Elizabeth's reign to 15 countries. Jamaica is another nation that has expressed a desire to remove the British monarch as its nominal head of state. Mark Golding, who heads the People's National Party said the measure is of vital importance.