1969 Anguillian constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in Anguilla on 6 February 1969.[1] Following the 1967 uprising on the island, which had seen the local police force expelled, British troops had taken over Anguilla, before leaving in January 1968. On 8 January 1969 Ronald Webster declared independence.[1] A republican constitution was put forward and approved by 99.71% of voters.[1] After the referendum, British troops returned to occupy the island on 19 March.[1]

Webster later proposed a referendum with three options; independence, association with the UK or remaining in the Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla federation.[1] Option two was later introduced without a vote, and Anguilla was administered separately from 1971, before being officially separated from Saint Kitts and Nevis in 1980.[1]


Choice Votes %
For 1,739 99.71
Against 4 0.29
Invalid/blank votes
Total 1,744 100
Registered voters/turnout 75
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ a b c d e f Anguilla, 6 February 1969: Constitution Direct Democracy (in German)