The applicant was a British citizen by descent. He sought to be naturalised to acquire the additional rights that would bring. The Act created one unitary status of citizen, but allowed for different categories. The Act did not provide any mechanism whereby a citizen by one category, that of descent could become a citizen by naturalisation. If this caused some injustice this might be a source of proper debate, but was a matter for parliament. The Act expressly recognised the difference in effect between the born abroad of a British citizen by descent and otherwise. The distinction was not to be set aside by this method.
Times 27-Jun-2001,  EWCA Civ 659
England and Wales
Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.135465