In practice, could a Catholic be British Prime Minister?
July 8, 2011 1:30 PM Subscribe
Is there any reason why a Catholic would be unelectable as British Prime Minister, or any practical difficulties in having a Catholic Prime Minister?
posted by plonkee to law & government (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I know there's a prohibition against a Catholic monarch, or a Catholic marrying someone in line to the throne. On the other hand, I've never really had the sense that outside parts of Northern Ireland and possibly Glasgow, that's there's that much serious anti-Catholic sentiment in the UK.
I read something that suggested a Catholic Prime Minister would be problematic. I don't think there's a law stopping a Catholic from being Prime Minister, but sometimes we have unwritten stuff...
FWIW I'm British, and I grew up Catholic.