British citizenship is the primary category of British nationality, and is the only category carrying the right of abode in the United Kingdom1. British citizenship may be acquired in various ways2. It may be conferred by statute, and many people automatically acquired British citizenship on 1 January 1983 upon the commencement of the British Nationality Act 19813. British citizenship may also be acquired by birth, adoption or descent4 or by registration5 or naturalisation6.
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