The status of British national (overseas) was created specifically to provide a form of British nationality for the people of Hong Kong before they automatically ceased to be British overseas territories citizens1 on 1 July 19972, when sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China3. It is even more limited and temporary than British overseas citizenship4. It came into existence on 1 July 19875, and since the end of 1997 it cannot be acquired by any person or by any means at all
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