From 1 January 1949 to 31 December 19821 the term 'Commonwealth citizen' had the same meaning as 'British subject'2, and included a person who was a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies3 or of a country mentioned in the relevant provision of the British Nationality Act 1948, 4or who qualified in some other way as a British subject5. The British Nationality Act 1981 introduced a new list of countries whose citizens are Commonwealth citizens6, and the terms 'Commonwealth citizen' and 'British subject' are no longer synonymous7. Since the commencement of the British Nationality
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