Barbados plan to drop Queen as head of state ‘driven by Chinese interference’, MP claims

Tom Tugendhat says the Caribbean island risks swapping a ‘symbolic’ leader for a ‘real emperor in Beijing’

The Queen greets Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Buckingham Palace
The Queen greets Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Buckingham Palace 
(Image credit: Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Chinese pressure has driven Barbados to call for the removal of the Queen as its head of state, a Conservative MP has claimed.

Tom Tugendhat, chairperson of the foreign affairs committee, says “Beijing had actively sought to undermine London’s historical status as a key partner with Caribbean nations”, The Times reports.

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