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The Barbados Independence Act 1966 (c. 37) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that granted independence to Barbados with effect from 30 November 1966. The Act also provided for the granting of a new constitution to take effect upon independence, which was done by the Barbados Independence Order 1966.

Barbados Independence Act 1966
Long titleAn Act to make provision for, and in connection with, the attainment by Barbados of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth.
Citation1966 c. 37
Royal assent17 November 1966
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

As a result of the Act, Barbados became the fourth English-speaking country in the West Indies to achieve full independence from the United Kingdom, after Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. At independence, Barbados became a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations as a Commonwealth realm.

See alsoEdit


  • Text of the Barbados Independence Act 1966 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from
  • Barbados Independence Bill, UK Parliamentary Hansard debate of the bill
  • Chronological table of the statutes; HMSO, London. 1993. ISBN 0-11-840331-1

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