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Royal succession laws to be rushed out
Jan 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT
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New laws to ensure the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby accedes to the throne even if it's a girl will be rushed out within two weeks.
The royal couple are currently expecting their first child together and the British government are keen to get the succession laws - which currently see a male child take preference over any female siblings regardless of age - changed before he or she arrives.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is preparing a bill of only around six clauses that will be allocated a few hours for debate in the Commons and Lords before being passed.
According to the Evening Standard newspaper, MPs have been invited to a meeting next week with Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith who is expected to brief them on the plans.
The news comes after reports William's father, Prince Charles - the next in line to the throne - had voiced serious concern about the 'rushed' plans to change the ancient laws that govern the royal line of succession.
He is said to have told friends that abolishing a law that bars the heir from marrying a Roman Catholic could have 'unintended consequences'.
Labour MP Keith Vaz - who first introduced a Bill to abolish the law of primogeniture that gives a boy priority in succession - said the government should make sure Charles was reassured.
He said: 'It is very important that his concerns are addressed before the new bill comes before the house. Any concerns he still has need to be resolved as soon as possible.'
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