Explanation: This would remove the good character requirement for a person applying for British overseas territories citizenship who has previously been discriminated against where this could perpetuate that discrimination.
Insert a new clause (7A):
“In section 44A of the British Nationality Act, delete “may” and insert “should”.
Explanation: This would require the Secretary of State to waive the requirement for a person to have full capacity if it is in that person’s best interests to do so.
“(d) in all the circumstances, it would be in the best interests of the child for it to acquire the nationality in question”.
Explanation: This ensures that the best interest of the child are central to decision-making in deciding whether to grant or decline an application for British citizenship by a stateless child who was born in the UK.
“without any legal or administrative barriers”.
Explanation: This ensures that, in compliance with Article 1 of the 1961 UN Statelessness Convention, British citizenship is only withheld from a stateless child born in the UK where the nationality of a parent is available to the child immediately, without any legal or administrative hurdles.