Ex-colony wants full independence from British crown — Analysis

Jamaica will “move on” and become a republic, the PM tells the visiting royal family

It is now, after 60 years of political autonomy. “inevitable”Jamaica will “move on”On Wednesday, Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of England told Prince William (and his wife Kate) that it had transformed from being a British colony to a republic. London declined to apologize or pay compensation for the history of slavery it profited from in its Caribbean colony.

“There are issues here that remain unresolved. But your presence gives an opportunity for those issues to be placed in context, put front and center and be addressed as best as we can,”The prime minister stated that he was standing beside William.

Jamaica is “a country that is very proud of our history, very proud of what we have achieved. We are still moving forward. We intend to attain … our true ambition of being an independent, developed and prosperous country,”He concluded.

Holness’ words seemed to echo the speech delivered by then-Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Jamaica in 2015. Holness’ words seemed to echo the speech that David Cameron delivered in 2015 when he visited Jamaica.

“That the Caribbean has emerged from the long shadow [of slavery] cast is testament to the resilience and spirit of its people,”He told Jamaica’s Parliament.

“I acknowledge that these wounds run very deep indeed. But I do hope that, as friends who have gone through so much together since those darkest of times, we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future,”Cameron agreed.

Between 1655 when Jamaica was taken from Spain and 1962 when it was granted independence by the British Parliament, Jamaica was British colony. It has remained part the British Commonwealth.

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The British slave holder, who had 600,000 Africans, was able to make fortunes by sending them to Jamaica for work on the sugarcane, banana, and coffee plantations. The slave trade was abolished by Britain in 1807 but full freedom wasn’t achieved until 1838.

Jamaica would consider becoming a republic a symbolic act. The island would no longer regard Queen Elizabeth as the official head of the state if the law is passed. Barbados (another ex-colony of the British Caribbean) made this same move in November. Before the Royal couple visited, rumors circulated that Jamaica had been exploring similar routes.

Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, refrained from addressing the promised breakup in his speech at the governor general’s residence. He acknowledged that slavery was an appalling atrocity staining Britain’s history, but stopped short of apologizing.

Numerous protestors took to the streets with banners bearing the phrase during the visit. “seh yuh sorry,”This phrase is used to exhort Britain to apologize for their slavery of their ancestors.

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