Changing a country’s Constitution is not as cut and dry a process as people may think. This is especially true when that change is part of transitioning a Nation from a Constitutional Monarchy to a Republic. As a Constitutional Monarchy, Jamaica is regarded as a Commonwealth Realm and receives certain benefits from the United Kingdom, from trade to debt financing and election monitoring. Becoming a republic will involve Jamaica giving up her status as a Commonwealth Realm, while also retaining a place in the Commonwealth. At the end of the transition process naturally question will arise surrounding Jamaica’s continued relationship with Britain.
Presented by: Jermi-Lee Nelson