With one proviso, all those who on 31 December 1982 were citizens of the United Kingdom and colonies1 and had the right of abode in the United Kingdom under the Immigration Act 1971 as then in force2 automatically became British citizens on 1 January 19833. The proviso is that a person who was registered as a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies on the ground that he was stateless and that his mother was a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies at his birth4 did not become a British citizen unless one of the two following conditions
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