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Foreign Marriage (Amendment) Act 1988

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1Persons whose marriages may be solemnised or registered under the 1892 Act

(1)In the [1892 c. 23.] Foreign Marriage Act 1892 (in this Act referred to as“the 1892 Act”) in section 1 (which validates certain marriages abroad where at least one of the parties is a British subject) for the words from the beginning to “British subject” there shall be substituted the words—

“(1)All marriages between parties of whom at least one is a United Kingdom national.”

(2)At the end of that section there shall be added the following—

“(2)In this Act“United Kingdom national” means a person who is—

(a)a British citizen, a British Dependent Territories citizen, a British Overseas citizen or a British National (Overseas); or

(b)a British subject under the [1981 c. 61.] British Nationality Act 1981; or

(c)a British protected person, within the meaning of that Act.”

(3)The words “United Kingdom national” shall be substituted for the words “British subject”—

(a)in section 18(1) of the 1892 Act (registration of marriages solemnised under local law); and

(b)in section 21(1)(a) of that Act (regulations restricting the exercise by marriage officers of their powers under that Act).

(4)In section 24 of that Act (definitions), after the definition of “prescribed” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • “The expression“United Kingdom national” has the meaning given by section 1(2) above.”

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