Independence - Claim vs Fact

Topic: Independence
Speaker: Alex Scott, Premier of Bermuda
Date: 30 Sept., 2004
Source: Royal Gazette: 'Scott welcomes UBP views on sovereignty path'
Claim/Quote:

“Historically, every country that has gone independent has done so through a General Election. He (Mr. Rammell) would want me to give a balanced view that while that may be so current practice and thinking, certainly in the EU and Great Britain, the facility of a referendum is a tool that is being used,” the Premier said.
“So history is on our side, opinion in Europe and Great Britain may be elsewhere.”

Fact:
Jamaicans voted, via referendum in 1961, to withdraw from the Federation of the West Indies which was established in 1959 - a vote for independence. Both Houses debated a draft Constitution for an independent Jamaica which was unanimously approved. Jamaica achieved independence on 6 Aug. 1962 from the UK.

References:
Jamaica National Heritage Trust: History of Jamaica
Jamaicans.com: Brief History of Jamaica
CIA - The World Factbook - Jamaica

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