“A Contracting State shall not deprive a person of its nationality if such deprivation would render him stateless.”
However, article 8(3) goes on: “Notwithstanding
the provisions of paragraph 1…a Contracting State may retain the right to
deprive a person of his nationality”.
Some states have and some have not gone along with the
arrangements, but the article goes on to give the basis on which a state may
retain the right to deprive a person of his nationality, and that is very much in line with the proposed
new subsection (6A) in my amendment 22.
Part of the issue turns on the question of allegiance,
and Members should therefore be concerned to understand that acts constituting
treason cover anyone who owes allegiance to the Crown. Anyone who owes
commitment to the Crown may commit treason. The essence of the offence of
treason lies in the violation of the allegiance owed to the sovereign. Natural
allegiance is due from all British subjects at all times wherever they may be.