Wednesday 23 September, 2020

PHOTOS: PNP again looking to break from British Monarchy

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

The People's National Party (PNP) intends to do away with the British Monarchy’s existing relationship with Jamaica if the Opposition party is given the opportunity to govern Jamaica by the electorate in the upcoming general elections

Leader of the party, Dr Peter Phillips, made the announcement to a standing ovation from the electoral candidates and campaign managers at the Faculty of law at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus on Saturday.

In addressing the PNP officials, Phillips said indications are that elections will soon be called by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and the abolition of the British Queen as Jamaica’s head of state will be among the changes that the party will make following a victory at the polls.

"This will fulfil the dreams of all our forefathers from 1938 until now. We will end the monarchy with the holding of a referendum within the first six months," said Phillips.

Meeting of PNP candidates and campaign managers

But it was not the first time that the PNP has said the party will get rid of the monarchy. Former party leader and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, after winning the general elections in 2020, said in her inauguration speech that she would break the link with the British Monarchy.

"I love the queen; she is a beautiful lady and apart from being a beautiful lady, she is a wise lady and a wonderful lady.

"But I think the time (has) come. As we celebrate our achievements as an independent nation, we now need to complete the circle of independence," Simpson Miller said then.

Before that, in the 1990s, another PNP leader and Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, also said the island needed to move towards being a republic, and set 2007 as a deadline to achieve that goal, which was obviously not met.

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