Reality Check: Is there a British rush on EU passports?

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Countless amounts more UK citizens applied for nationality in other EU countries in the a year after the Brexit vote than in the prior year, according to data obtained with the BBC.

Ireland obtained by far the most applications for dual nationality.

But for all the nations that had data covering This summer 2016 to June 2017, apps have more than doubled.

In countries which had information only for calendar years, there was a clear , crisp rise from 2015 to 2016 as well.

Among reputed UK citizens to apply for citizenship somewhere else in Europe is the Oscar-winning acting professional Colin Firth – it was verified last week that his application to get Italian citizenship had been successful.

Yes, even Mr Darcy is feeling flustered.

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Image caption British actor Colin Firth (pictured with his Italian wife) is now a good Italian as well as a British citizen

Reality Check out and Radio 4’s More or Less approached all EU countries to inquire about the number of citizenship applications they had obtained from British people, before and after the particular referendum in June 2016.

It has not been probable to get full figures for every nation, but the data we have compiled (reproduced at the end of this article) shows exactly how many people are taking precautionary steps in situation the Brexit negotiations fail.

In the a year before the referendum, 25, 207 British people applied for Irish passports; in the a year directly after the vote that number increased to 64, 400.

In other countries around the EU – Sweden (from 969 to 2, 002), Denmark (from 289 to 604) and Poland (from 152 in order to 332) for example – the number of apps also more than doubled.

Then there are countries exactly where data is made available in slightly various ways.

In Germany it is about state by state – therefore in Berlin there were 60 programs from British citizens in the season before the referendum, and 810 within the year after.

France, meanwhile, provides figures on the calendar year basis, and again the particular increase is clear – there were 385 applications in 2015, rising to at least one, 363 in 2016, and increasing further to 2, 129 within the first eight months of this 12 months.

There is no precise method of knowing why people make nationality applications when they do, but it appears safe to assume that political situations play a role.

Within Ireland, for example , where monthly numbers are available, the highest number of applications up to now came in March, April and May this season – in the period just before or simply after the British government triggered Post 50 and the countdown to the UNITED KINGDOM leaving the EU.

Roughly a million UK residents already live elsewhere in the EUROPEAN UNION, and many more in the UK have the right to make an application for citizenship in other EU countries. Because the referendum they have been doing just that within record numbers.

Of course this is not simply a one-way road. There are more than three million EUROPEAN UNION citizens living in the UK who are similarly worried about their status post-Brexit.

Plus again, the number of citizenship applications in the united kingdom is striking. In the 12 months prior to the UK voted to leave the particular EU, 15, 871 people through EU countries applied; in the a year after it was 28, 502.

Perhaps these figures do come as a surprise.

But they are a reminder associated with why the issue of citizens’ rights reaches the centre of the current Brexit negotiations – and why many sides say it is a priority to solve.

Brexit frequently seems to be about complex and faraway concepts. But these are real individuals, worried about the future for themselves plus their families.

Additional reporting by Phoebe Keane for Radio 4’s More or Less, Tamara Kovacevic, Bethan Morrish, Joey D’Urso and Robert Cuffe.

You can hear read more about these statistics on More or Less on BBC Radio stations 4 at 16: 30 upon Friday, 29 September or upon BBC iPlayer Radio.


Information in full

These are all of the figures from countries that were capable to give us pre-referendum and post-referendum figures for passport applications simply by UK citizens.

These are the numbers comparing the number of applications in the entire of 2015 with those for the entire of 2016.

The figures with regard to Austria, Belgium, Germany and Italia are only successful applications as opposed to all of applications.

The find for Slovenia is for all people who seem to applied for citizenship in the UK, not necessarily simply UK citizens.

We all did not receive data from the leftover six EU countries.


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