On appeal from [2012] EWCA Civ 358.

The Court unanimously dismissed the appeal; the Secretary of State’s order under the British Nationality Act 1981, s 40 made the respondent stateless, and was therefore void. The Secretary of State argued that Al-Jedda could have applied to the Iraqi authorities for restoration of his nationality, that he had a right to its restoration and that restoration would have been effective immediately, but that premise was not clearly established. In any event, from a plain reading of the statute and surrounding guidance, the question was simply whether the person held another nationality at the date of the order depriving him of his British citizenship.

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