- July 18, 2004 at 9:09 pm #873
from http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/po … =820942004
[quote:fe5c880h][b:fe5c880h]Blair urged to lift Catholic ban[/b:fe5c880h]
PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair could boost the peace process in Northern Ireland by lifting the ban on Catholics ever becoming King or Queen, a senior Irish politician has claimed.
The Irish Republic’s Green party leader Trevor Sargent called on Blair to lead the fight against sectarianism by changing the 1701 Act of Settlement.
The act bans Catholics from ever becoming the monarch and requires the King or Queen to be in communion with the Church of England and uphold the Protestant line of succession. It also prevents the heir to the throne Prince Charles from marrying a Catholic.
Sargent said: “We are urging the government to send out the right signals to people in Northern Ireland.”
Other prominent supporters of a change have included the Conservative peer Lord Hamilton and SNP MP Alex Salmond.[/quote:fe5c880h]
I thought Tony Blair’s wife is Catholic so I would think he’d be a bit sympathetic to this. Regardless, I think it’s funny how even in Europe they still have laws like this. :rolleyes:July 20, 2004 at 5:28 am #3119
Wow, I didn’t know that. I am glad they are working to lift that ban.July 20, 2004 at 5:54 pm #3122
Hooray! Now I can become King of England.July 21, 2004 at 10:25 am #3130
I like it
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