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.