An alien is a person who is neither a Commonwealth citizen1 nor a British protected person2 nor a citizen of the Republic of Ireland3. Aliens therefore include both persons having the nationality or citizenship of some other sovereign state recognised by the United Kingdom4, and de jure stateless persons. A person is de jure stateless if no state exists according to the municipal law of which he is its national5.
Aliens may not vote6, nor may they sit in Parliament7. An alien may generally acquire, hold, inherit, succeed to and dispose of real and personal property8.
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