Catholic could become king in UK under plans to abolish Act of Settlement
Gordon Brown is said to be considering making a move to abolish the Act of Settlement in the UK, which prevents non-protestants from marrying into the royal family or suceeding to the throne. Under the law, Roman Catholics, Muslims or Hindus are not allowewd to marry anyone in the royal family. But some legal scholars are saying the act is also the basis for the Church of England being the official religion of England, and that nullifying the act would also nullify the official status of the church.
The plan to abolish the Act of Settlement could ultimately lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
The Act also prevents Muslims and other non-Protestants from succeeding to the throne.
Scrapping it would also end the practice of primogeniture where male heirs are given priority in the succession. That could pave the way for a first-born daughter of Prince William to ultimately succeed him as monarch.
It was reported last night that Chris Bryant, a Labour MP drawing up options for contstitional reform, is backing the scrapping of the Act.
Mr Bryant, an aide to Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, has now passed his recommendations to Wilf Stevenson, one of the Prime Minister's advisers.