Every time I come to the UK, the border officers and I are in perpetual confusion. Almost inevitably an officer points me to the UK/EU queue, yet only when I finally reach the immigration desk I am told: “you’re not British”. Although I hold a red passport issued by HM Passport Office like other Brits, I am not a full citizen.
I hold a quasi-identity that goes by the clumsy nomenclature of British National (Overseas), or BN(O).
This odd jumble of letters describes an administrative fudge which was specially created for those with a connection to Hong Kong before its sovereignty was handed over to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 1st July 1997. In 2007, the FCO estimated that there were 3.4 million BN(O)s.
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