Citizenship

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether a person gaining citizenship at a citizenship ceremony can also be a citizen of another sovereign state; and, if so, to which state that person is required to give his first loyalty.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

A foreign national is not required under UK law to relinquish his original nationality on becoming a British citizen.

However, prospective British citizens are required to pledge allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen, to give their loyalty to the United Kingdom and to undertake to respect its rights and freedoms.

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