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Section 1.8. Section 1.8. Parliament will enact laws to regulate the acquisition of Scottish citizenship by adoption, marriage, descent, or naturalisation, and to specify the manner in which citizenship may be lost or renounced.
Section 1.8. This section appears to allow Parliament (not yet defined in the constitution) to modify the rule(s) on acquisition of citizenship by descent in the previous section.
Section 1.8. Possibly, yes, but the parliament will be bound by this constitution, and those laws will be about process rather than principles of citizenship.
Simplification; deletion of following section
Section 1.8. Subject to Article 2.1 to 2.3 [or whatever replaces those sections], Parliament shll enact laws to regulate the acquisition of Scottish citizenship by adoption, marriage, descent, or naturalisation, and to specify the manner in which citizenship may be lost or renounced.
Section 1.8. Legal foreign spouses and children of Scottish Citizens shall have the right to automatic residency. There shall be no separation of the family unit. Citizenship shall be granted to the foreign spouse after 2 years residency.
Section 1.8. Agree
Section 1.8. We cannot have the situation as we have seen so often, where families are separated and foreign spouses and children are denied visas. No Skype families in an Independent Scotland. It should be an automatic right. The stories the last few years of separated families has been heartbreaking.
Section 1.8. Also ex pat's living abroad should have the full right to return to Scotland, with their families together. Not as it currently is, of the wife having to return home and leave the foreign husband and children behind, till she completes 6 months residency back in Scotland before they can apply for residency.
Section 1.8. Agreed.
Section 1.8. Lifestyles have changed so much that defining family members as "spouse", etc. is not appropriate. My feeling is that registration of marriages and civil partnerships should be abolished so that all adult consenting relationships should have no legal rights or liabilities over another except as contracted by the parties to the relationship. I'd leave out "marriage" and suggest replace with "personal relationships" which gives our Parliament more scope to consider applications of according to the circumstances of each case and the nature of the relationship.
Section 1.8. I do not believe there should be any way for Parliament to remove the right to Scottish citizenship.
The phrase 'may be lost' should be removed.
If the people are sovereign then that right must not be subject to manipulation by Parliamentarians for political gain as has been the case elsewhere in the UK recently.
The right to renounce Scottish citizenship is a separate issue.