Act of Settlement 1701

I often wondered whether the Act of Settlement of 1701 which precludes Roman Catholics and people married to RCs from being in the line of succession of the British royals is compatible with the European Unions Bill of Rights and guarantees of religious freedoms.

I would love to see this tested in European Courts. But I doubt if it would be ever so because it would cause such a crisis that the UK might leave the EU over this issue.

The absence of comment by one of the Pope’s more excitable cardinals is mildly surprising.