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Caswell sees flaws in republic process


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Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn continued to take Government to task for how it is proceeding with the move to Republican status, saying the process is flawed.

Speaking yesterday during debate in the Senate on the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2021, Franklyn charged that Government had “warmed over cold soup” by making minor changes to the present constitution instead of drafting a new constitution for the new republican state.

“We should have a republican constitution drafted by our people for our people. Instead our republic status is coming out of a British document that we are trying to leave behind,” he charged, as he referenced the Barbados Independence Act of 1966.

“I would be very happy to vote on a Barbados Constitution Act. Instead, we are voting on amendments to our constitution which up to now is a schedule to the Barbados independence order,” he stated, adding that the Barbados Independence Act should be repealed. (MB)

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