British subject(redirected from Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies)
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British subjectunder the British Nationality Act 1981 the status of British subject was confined to those who enjoyed it under the British Nationality Act 1948. These were persons who were citizens of the UK and colonies under that Act but who failed to acquire citizenship when the country in which they lived adopted its nationality laws; unlike BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZENS, persons within this category cannot possess any other citizenship. They are entitled to British passports but have no right to enter and remain in the UK. If admitted to the UK, they may acquire British citizenship by registration.
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