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British PM to reconsider royal ban on Catholics


Tony Blair has reportedly pledged to look again at the legislation which prevents Catholics from acceding to the British throne if Labour wins the election.

In an interview with The Herald, Mr Blair described the 300-year-old Act of Settlement as "plainly discriminatory".

The Prime Minister admitted repealing the Act could prove complicated, but insisted he was committed to examining the issue should his party triumph on Thursday.

He said: "Obviously in principle it can't be right that Catholics are unable to succeed, so we will examine it again.

"It is certainly worth looking at because it is plainly discriminatory.

"There are a lot of complications which arise from it and there are a lot of discussions that would have to be had before you did it.

"However, on the other hand, it is plainly wrong."


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5-Jun-01