Proposal could overturn 300 years of royal tradition, allow Catholic king, end primogeniture

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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.

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