The History of No Confidence Motions in Post-Colonial St. Kitts and Nevis

In December of 2012, a Motion of No Confidence was filed by the Honorable Mark Brantley in the National Assembly of St. Kitts & Nevis.

This was the third time in the post-Colonial history of the Federation that such a Motion had been filed.

In 1981, Leader of the Opposition (and Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party), Mr. Lee Moore filed a Motion of No Confidence in the National Assembly.

The Premier of St. Kitts & Nevis, at that time, was the Honorable Dr. Kennedy Simmonds.

One year elapsed without the Motion being debated by Parliament.

In another attempt to have this issue debated, Mr. Moore again filed a second Motion of No Confidence one year later, in 1982.

This Motion, also, was never considered by Parliament.

By way of background, in 1967, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla achieved Associated Statehood from England.  Anguilla, however, soon made clear its intention to retain its Colonial status.  In 1983, two years after the filing of the first Motion of No Confidence, St. Kitts & Nevis would move from their Associated Statehood status with Britain to become an independent nation in 1983.

The Government of Prime Minister Kennedy Simmonds called Federal elections in 1984.

At that time, neither the Motion of No Confidence filed in 1981,nor the Motion filed in 1982, had been debated.


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