Letter: Britons' status

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Britons' status

Sir: I shall be most interested to hear what is in the forthcoming White Paper on British citizenship and the dependent territories, as I believe the arrangement is likely to be non-reciprocal (report, 19 February). That is, that British citizens still in Britain will not have full right of entry into the territories.

This is probably reasonable, since most of the territories could not absorb much extra migration, but my question is concerned with that small band, of which I am a member, of Brits who already live and work in the territories, most of them for many years (17 for me) yet who still have to get entry permits and work permits every year. Will we still be forced to live "on sufferance" while our friends and neighbours have full rights to go to the UK?


Road Town, British Virgin Islands