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Why a tiny Caribbean island could implode the British Empire

By Felipe van Deursen

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has reignited an age-old argument in places from the Caribbean to Australasia.

Does it still make sense for these distant and independent countries to have, as head of state, however merely symbolic the office is, a queen or king enacted there in London?

For a lot of people, no. Not now, this time. Or never did.

The first government to manifest itself in this regard was that of Antigua and Barbuda. Two days after the death of its queen, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told TV that the Caribbean country . . .

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