At the moment if you are a Commonwealth citizen with a parent or grandparent who was born in the UK, you can enter the UK under the Ancestral Visa scheme.It gives you the right to live and work (without permit) in the United Kingdom for five years.
The number of mainly young Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and South Africans taking advantage of this visa is small, in 2006 approximately 8,500 ancestry visa holders came to the UK and around 20,000 Commonwealth citizens have applied for settlement since 2002.
The UK government as part of its green paper "charting new pathways to citizenship" is now proposing to cut this historic link to tens of thousands of Commonwealth nationals who should have an automatic right to live and work here. This is obviously causing consternation and sadness in the rest of Commonwealth and is a totally wrong step. If we are to have a relatively open door to our fellow Europeans to enable them to work and live here (and I believe that we should), then we have a much stronger moral duty and responsibility to allow exactly the same rights to those who are, after all, our kith and kin throughout the rest of the Commonwealth.