465. In general.

To replace the single status of citizenship of the United Kingdom and colonies1, the restructured nationality law which took effect on 1 January 19832 provided two major permanent categories of citizenship3, each with territorial associations: (1) British citizenship4, linked with the territory of the United Kingdom itself (and Gibraltar and, retrospectively, the Falkland Islands); and (2) British overseas territories citizenship5, linked with all the British overseas territories6. However, not all former citizens of the United Kingdom and colonies could be accommodated within these two categories, because some were not, or were no longer, sufficiently closely connected to any of