Although provision was made for a person to acquire citizenship of the United Kingdom and colonies1 by birth or registration or naturalisation in a colony, or by virtue of his father's birth in a colony, during the years 1949 to 1982 the vast majority of colonies achieved independence and most of them became independent Commonwealth countries2, with citizenship laws of their own3. Provision was made for loss of citizenship of the United Kingdom and colonies by specified persons who became, or were eligible to become, citizens of the newly independent country, subject to various provisos for retention. Though many
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