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Prime Minister affirms stance that SKN’s republic status is up to the people


by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The 40th anniversary of the Federation’s independence is fast approaching. 

The theme is “Growing Sustainably, Developing Maturely, Building Resiliency: Independence 40”.

A calendar of the event has been shared, which includes the annual Nationa Colours Day, Wreath laying and Recognition ceremonies, an Independence 40 Concert and more.

Considering the significance of the Federation’s independence anniversary, Barbados becoming a republic and other Caribbean Islands sharing their intent to renounce the United Kingdom, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr Terrance Drew said that decision would be left to the people.

“What I’ve always said is that it is up to the people, and the people will decide on that matter. When I am asked about it, I alone cannot make such a decision. That question will always be on the table for people in any type of political… arrangement like ours where the Governor is the representation of a King of another country, and so it will always be there, but I have always stated that that will be determined by the people,” said Prime Minister Drew during an interview with Jason Davis on ZIZ.

When pressed about his personal stance on the matter of breaking away from the United Kingdom and becoming a Republic, Dr Drew explained why he does not share his personal opinion.

“Let me say why I don’t espouse it that much because I really want to see where the people are at at this particular time. However, the question of independence will always be something that I would personally feel akin to. However, because this question is a question of more than me, I would always refer to the people on the particular matter.”

Breaking away from the United Kingdom continues to permeate public discourse. 

The Prime Minister said it is up to the people to decide. 

Should we entirely break ties with the United Kingdom and become a Republic? 

What would be the benefit to the Federation?


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