I hope the reference to "colonial past" hasn't stemmed from comments made by some people about the Commonwealth recently!
I think it’s the general atmosphere or movement that is happening around the world right now and has been for a year or so. I wouldn’t imagine it’s a quick decision but I can see how it’s gained a lot more favour in recent times.
I feel one The Queen dies more and more will do the same.
Probably. IMO the Caribbean nations will lead the charge and once most (if not all) complete the independence process then will discussion seriously ramp up in the Big 3 (Australia, Canada, & New Zealand). I know Scotland is pretty serious about becoming a properly independent nation but the talk included keeping The Queen as HOS so that's "different". Charles's reign will probably be one of transformation...with most of the realms declaring independence but the Commonwealth of Nations remaining strong and evolving.
So will there be a referendum in 2021 or are they skipping that step? Or did it already happen and I missed it?
“In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status, and in 2015 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said 'we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future'.”
“Barbados took another step towards independence from the UK in 2003 when it replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, located in Trinidad and Tobago's Port of Spain, as its final appeals court.”
“Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur promoted the idea of a referendum on becoming a republic in 2005, however the vote was called off due to concerns raised by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission.”
It has been years in the making.https://www.dailymail.co....head-state-year-full.html