Robert Peston Robert Peston

Is Boris Johnson allowed to pick the next Archbishop of Canterbury?

Boris Johnson giving a reading at St Paul’s on the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was shirty with me when I asked him whether he was now a practising Roman Catholic, having recently been married to Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral. His answer was ‘I don’t discuss these deep issues. Certainly not with you.’  

The question may be ‘deep’, as he says, but it is also – as a senior minister has reminded me – an intensely practical one and relevant to his duties as Prime Minister.

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