British nationality law is now mainly contained in the British Nationality Act 1981, 1supplemented by various other Acts2 and by subordinate legislation3. The British Nationality Act 1981 created a new nationality structure, with effect from 1 January 19834, and repealed previous nationality legislation which was contained in the British Nationality Acts 1948 to 19655. However, the national status on and after 1 January 1983 of a person born before that date frequently depends upon the status he had, or would in hypothetical circumstances have had, under the British Nationality
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