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St.Lucia: UK resident to challenge Saint Lucian government in British high court over birthright citizenship, could this set a precedent for future cases?

Passed in 1948, the British Nationality Act states: “Every person born within the United Kingdom and Colonies after the commencement of this Act shall be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth.” This act applies to Saint Lucia, once a member of the British West Indies.

Wade Gajadhar was born in Saint Lucia on November 7, 1961 and lives in Middlesborough, England. He told the STAR that he has lived in the UK for close to ten years. Recently he applied for and was denied a British passport, he said. Now he is in the process of challenging the Saint Lucian government in the High Court in London, on the legality of the “Saint Lucia Modifications of Enactments Order” of 1978, which outlines the changes to citizenship which came with Independence.

It reads in part: “Any person who immediately before the appointed day is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies shall on that day cease to be such a citizen if he becomes on that day a citizen of Saint Lucia.”

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