Asked about the timing of the views stated by the Prime Minister on the laws surrounding the Royal family, the Prime Minister s Spokesman told the assembled press that there was a Private Members Bill having its second reading today. It was safe to assume that we would be asked what our view was on this, so we had set out our position.
Asked if the Prime Minister would raise the question of succession with other Commonwealth leaders at G8, the PMS replied that this was a complex issue and we would need to discuss it with a range of people including Commonwealth leaders, but we had not said in what format those discussions would take place yet.
Asked whether the Prime Minister was against the ban on Catholics becoming the Monarch, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had set out his position this morning and we had said that there was no question of changing the constitutional role of the Monarch or of changing the role of the Church of England as the established church. People expected the Government to look at issues of discrimination and that was what we were doing in regards to the Act of Settlement.
Put that the Act of Settlement contained the ban on Catholics becoming the Monarch, the PMS said that the Monarch was also the head of the Church of England, so these were complex issues. We would have to look at issues around discrimination and the Act of Settlement, but the PMS would not set out the range of discussions that would be necessary. It was clear that we did not want to change the constitutional role of the Monarch or the role of the Church of England as the established church.
Asked if the Prime Minister had discussed this directly with the Queen, the PMS said we did not offer comment on discussions between the Prime Minister and the Palace. Put that there would still be discrimination, the PMS said that this was a complex issue that would necessarily involve a wide range of discussions between relevant parties, but the laws concerning marriage to Catholics and the primacy of male members of the Royal family should change.
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