“This would entail the cutting of ties between Church and state that have lasted for nearly 500 years, threatening a series of major consequences.”
Actually, that might be a good thing for the UK. The US certainly benefited from not having a state church that everyone was a member of whether he likes it or not.
That isn’t what the established church means. By default, every Englishman is an Anglican christian if no other religion is known (so unclaimed, anonymous corpses are given an Anglican burial for example). It doesn’t mean you have to be a member if you don’t want to.
In actual fact, most of the bigwigs in other religions/denominations (even some Muslims) are supportive of Anglican establishment, because they believe it gives a religious perspective and influence in the legislature (via the 26 Anglican bishops or ‘Lords Spiritual’ who reside in the House of Lords). Without them present, they fear that the only voice in framing law will be a secular one, and militant secularism is, as I’m sure many freepers will agree, a common enemy to all those of sincere religious faith...