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British Overseas Territories Citizenship

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1166: tabled on 19 November 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes under the British Nationality Act 1981 children born outside of marriage to British Overseas Territories fathers, before the 1st July 2006 are deemed illegitimate and are prevented from inheriting their father’s citizenship by descent; further notes that this does not apply if the child’s mother is from a British Overseas Territory or if the child was born after the 1st July 2006; recognises that Section 65 of the Immigration Act 2014 granted children of British mainland fathers the right to claim citizenship through their father’s descent, but this right was not afforded to children of British Overseas Territory fathers; is concerned by the inconsistencies and discriminations that exist in this law as well as its outdated attitude towards children born outside of marriage; is pleased by the Home Secretary’s recent admission that this law needs to be changed; and urgently calls on this government to introduce the necessary legislation to address the discrepancies in this law.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 November 2020
Glasgow North West
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2020
Poplar and Limehouse
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2020
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2020
Birkenhead
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 23 November 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2020
Leyton and Wanstead
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2020
Cynon Valley
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2020
Bath
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2020
Jarrow
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 2020
Worthing West
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 2020
Romford
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 24 November 2020
Islington North
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2020
Stockport
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2020
Coventry South
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 25 November 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2020
Wansbeck
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 30 November 2020
East Antrim
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 December 2020
Strangford
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 December 2020
Glasgow South West
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 December 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2020
City of Durham

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.