403. British nationality legislation.

(2)     Legislation

403.     British nationality legislation.

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 The British Nationality Act 1981 created a new nationality structure, with effect from 1 January 19834, and repealed previous nationality legislation which was contained in the British Nationality Acts 1948 to 19655.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