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date: 16 June 2019

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In the 1960s, as large swathes of the British Empire had either achieved independence or were on the verge of doing so, the UK government commissioned a survey of the smaller territories and attempted to find ways of decolonizing them. It was keen to avoid criticism from the international community, particularly the United Nations Organization. However, Britain’s withdrawal from empire is still not complete, and a number of islands and the Gibraltar peninsula still remain linked with Britain with a degree of internal self-government that falls short of UN decolonization standards. This chapter explores the current British overseas territories and briefly compares them with examples from those administered by other comparable former maritime empires.

Keywords: Decolonization, Gibralter, West Indies, Hong Kong, citizenship, UKOT, Britishness

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