In response to the letter published JCWI’s letter in the FT, we have sent a further letter to the FT correcting the comments made by F.G. Maunder:
‘Sir, it is incorrect and misleading to suggest that ‘the UK has always practiced a British if born in Britain policy’ as asserted by F.G Maunder in his letter of 14.01.10.
The position in law is that since 01.01.83, under section 1 of the British Nationality Act 1981 only those children born in the UK in circumstances where one of their parents is either a British citizen or classified as ‘settled’ under immigration law automatically acquire British citizenship by birth. Additionally as a result of a recent amendment to the law, children born in the UK to serving members of the armed forces will be treated in the same way.
Similarly , the law does in many situations provide for automatic transmission of British citizenship to those born outside of the UK where either parent is a British citizen at the time of birth.
Legal policy director/lawyer
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants’