451. In general.

British overseas territories1 and British overseas territories citizens were formerly known as dependent territories and British dependent territories citizens2. From 1 January 19833 British overseas territories citizens, whose British nationality comes from their connection with a British overseas territory4, were distinguished from British citizens5, whose nationality comes from a connection with the United Kingdom itself. British overseas territories citizenship may be acquired by statute6, by birth, adoption or descent7 or by registration8 or naturalisation9

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