Two thirds of Scots against Catholic throne discrimination


A poll by YouGov shows that people in Scotland are more supportive than other parts of the UK of ending the current restriction on Catholics inheriting the throne.

Whilst changes to the Act of Settlement announced last week will allow women to inherit the throne and allow those married to people of Catholic faith to inherit the throne, the restriction on a Catholic taking the throne will remain.

The Scottish Parliament unanimously called for changes to the Act of Settlement in 1999 and the First Minister has repeatedly made clear his view that this piece of discrimination should be removed.

In a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times 65% of those in Scotland felt the Act of Settlement should be changed compared to 48% across the whole of the UK.

SNP MSP for Edinburgh Southern Jim Eadie urged the UK Government to continue its reform of the Act and end this discrimination.

“It is clear from this poll that there is a strong feeling in Scotland, even stronger than elsewhere, that Catholic faith should not be a barrier to becoming the monarch.

“This survey confirms the views of the majority of people in Scotland who believe this out-dated piece of discrimination should end.

“The steps taken last week to allow women to inherit the throne and those married to people of Catholic faith are a good first step but they do not go far enough.

“The Scottish Parliament has supported a change in the Act of Settlement for 12 years now and we will continue to do so.

“It must be possible to reach an agreement on this issue in a way that satisfies both the Church of England and the countries of the Commonwealth and would see reform of this discriminatory piece of legislation.”