British national

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British national, occasionally United Kingdom national, is a class of persons. The exact composition of the class differs in various United Kingdom Acts of Parliament, most commonly among:

In some other Acts, e.g. the Atomic Energy Act 1989, "United Kingdom national" does not include British subjects and British protected persons.

Except for British Protected Persons, all the above are also Commonwealth citizens. British Protected Persons, like Irish citizens, are in a unique category in that they are neither Commonwealth citizens (British subjects in the pre-1981 definition) nor aliens.

European Union purposes[edit]

British national for European Union purposes is a subset of United Kingdom nationals who are entitled to be regarded as European citizens under the treaties constituting the European Union. They consist of:

  • British citizens
  • British subjects (as defined in the British Nationality Act 1981) with the right of abode in the United Kingdom
  • British Overseas Territories citizens who acquire their citizenship from a connection with Gibraltar

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