Call to end bar on Catholic monarch in Britain

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THE government is to consider abolishing the 300-year-old Act of Settlement that prevents Catholics ascending to the throne.
The move was revealed by Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, after he unveiled his sweeping draft Constitutional Reform Bill yesterday.

While the bill did not include any move to abolish what Catholics say is legalised discrimination, the matter was raised in the Commons by the Livingston Labour MP, Jim Devine, a Catholic.

Describing the act as "legalised sectarianism which has no role in the 21st century", he called for it to be scrapped.

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