AG Reaffirms Antigua & Barbuda As A Unitary State

Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin, Attorney General

Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has issued a statement following comments regarding the constitutional relationship between Antigua & Barbuda.

Below is the statement.

My attention has been drawn to a statement made by a local legal luminary in a recent radio programme pertaining to the constitutional relationship between Antigua and Barbuda in which suggestions were made by him as to the way forward towards the improvement of the relationship in the twin island state.

In his statement the panelist mentioned that a harmonized relationship exists in the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which, he stated, are Unitary States.

I wish to point out that Trinidad and Tobago is a Unitary Republic, whilst St. Kitts and Nevis is a Sovereign Democratic Federal State. What pertains in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis does not apply to the Unitary Sovereign State of Antigua and Barbuda.

The government of Antigua and Barbuda is mindful of the constitution and the provisions contained therein with respect to the Barbuda Local Government Act which are enshrined in Section 123 and the procedures to be followed to effect any change to the provisions of the local Government Act 1976.

The government intends to establish the true Unitary State of Antigua and Barbuda and will ensure that the laws are amended to bring this fact into realization.

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  1. The AG is 100% correct. Antigua and Barbuda is the name of a unitary state, consisting of two major islands and numerous smaller ones, including Redona. This is a settled reality.

    • Maybe if the PM was not so confrontational and thinks it is his way or the highway, the relationship would be better between him and Barbudans. He seems to want to be Trump with his bullying tactics. He shows no respect for the people of Barbuda, resorting to all kinds of derogatory terms to describe them. The people of Barbuda do not trust this government with their resources because of it’s perceived pattern of self enrichment.

  2. St.kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago produce enough revenue to feed themselves meanwhile Barbuda is piggybacking on Antigua and pretending that they can go on thier own. Sad……

  3. St.Kitts and Nevis have their issues, but they manage to put the best interest of the Federation 1st. Both the NRP and CCM recognize that at the end of the day, it’s about developing the country and its citizens.

  4. Why have the Nation given away REDONDA, and it significance in terms of Our Nautical miles, and airspace?
    Isn’t the Nation, Antigua, Barbuda & Redonda?

    Have we given away REDONDA, to private ownership? If, this is the case, there needs to be an investigation, as to when and why such happened.

  5. Yes Antigua and Barbuda is a unitary state, however, Barbuda has been given certain powers under the Constitution to manage certain aspects of its own affairs. Barbudans have certain views as to how they would like to see their island develop, particularly in light of the unique environmental, social and cultural characteristics of the island. The central government, therefore, should not be unilaterally forcing its own developmental views on the island. Given the recent pronouncements and actions of the Prime Minister, Barbuda now more than ever should be thinking of secession. It could not be any worse and the international community is willing and ready to provide the necessary assistance to help you.

    • Trevor changed his mind about filing for divorce from Antigua. You should convince him to draw up the papers ASAP! He will lead Barbudans towards the cliff and over the precipice.


    Tabor …You and Your Son Damani oppose the Hon. Prime Minister on every issue…If the Prime Minister say that He has a COLD….You Guys will say NO the Prime Minister has a FEVER. For goodness sake take politics of something. This is the reason Antiguans will NEVER elect your UPP Party in our lifetime. So you have a Looong time in OPPOSITION. You Guys are a SAD CASE. SHAMEFUL.

    • @True Antiguan

      All things come to an end both good and bad. Check history when papa bird’s vehicle was attacked.

  7. @ JACKIE
    Our Prime Minister is a ” STRAIGHT TALK MAN” ( HE NAH HAVE NO FRIDGE”
    He is a Man for the People. Please DO NOT take it as “CONFRONTATIONAL”
    Trevor Walker does not know what He wants. Trevor wants Barbuda for Himself ans Family. Trevor Walker very DISHONEST MAN.

    • Trevor Walker has “Ten Tongues”
      He will agree with projects in private and then go on Observer Radio and the Parliament and raise hell. HE basically blasted Barbudans calling them lazy rum-drinkers, promiscuous, bad-minded and greedy.

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