Who are the British?
Leading expert de-mystifies the confusing area of British nationality law
Do all British nationals have British nationality?
This may seem like a simple question, but these two terms mean something very different depending on the circumstances.
Laurie Fransman QC is highly regarded as the world’s leading expert on British nationality law. In his new book, Fransman’s British Nationality Law, Third Edition, he aims to provide clear and authoritative guidance on the laws concerning who has British nationality and how British nationality can be acquired or lost.
The bible on British nationality law
Long regarded by practitioners and government officials as the bible on this subject, the third edition of Fransman’s British Nationality Law has been extensively updated to take into account a decade of changes to a complex and confusing area of law.
On the one hand nationality laws have seen substantial liberalisation – extending British citizenship to the British overseas territories and to other groups of people previously excluded – while on the other hand the process of granting British citizenship has become more selective, requiring greater intention to integrate (through language and knowledge of life in the UK) and with a greater emphasis on good character (and deprivation in respect of those whose character is tainted).
Fundamental changes to British Nationality Law
Now that the dust has settled on the flurry of significant legislation and government policy changes that have impacted British nationality, it is the perfect time to take stock of the law as it now stands.
Among the new legislation covered in this edition of Fransman’s British Nationality Law are The British Overseas Territories Act 2002, The Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, The Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 as well as extensive references to relevant EU legislation.
In addition, the new edition contains ample references to the revelations of the Nationality Instructions, informing us, among other things, of current government policies underlying the exercise of statutory discretions.
Also covered are the different meanings of British nationality and British nationals in the contexts of domestic, EU and international laws. Certain consequences of possessing British nationality (in one or other form), particularly the right of abode in the UK and European Union (EU) citizenship, are also discussed, along with British nationality as a form of EU citizenship and the extent of the free movement rights of EU citizens.
Fransman’s British Nationality Law, Third Edition firmly cements its position as the leading and most sought after book in this area and will be welcomed by all practitioners and professionals needing an authoritative and clear understanding of the law relating to British nationality.
About the author
Laurie Fransman QC has specialised in British nationality law for 30 years. During that time he has become recognised as the leading expert on the subject, his book now being regarded as a definitive work. He is responsible for the British nationality title in Halsbury’s Laws, and has participated in the drafting of statutory, constitutional and treaty provisions and the development of nationality policy by intergovernmental bodies and NGOs.
Also contributing to this edition are Adrian Berry of Garden Court Chambers and Alison Harvey, General Secretary of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, both experienced lawyers in the field of British nationality law.
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