With effect from 1 July 1997 British sovereignty over Hong Kong ceased1; Hong Kong ceased to be a British overseas territory2 and the territory reverted to China3. On that date, all those who had British overseas territories citizenship4 by virtue (wholly or partly) of a connection with Hong Kong5, and who but for that connection would not have had such citizenship, lost it6. Before that date, some had already acquired British citizenship under the Citizenship Selection Scheme7, and others acquired British national (overseas) status created for this eventuality8, but neither acquisition was automatic and British national (overseas) status cannot
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