Ir­ish pass­port ap­pli­ca­tion reaches al­most 22,000 af­ter Brexit

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The rate of en­quiries con­tin­ued to ac­cel­er­ate fol­low­ing the Brexit re­sult

The num­ber of Ir­ish pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions by Bri­tish cit­i­zens saw al­most dou­ble growth af­ter the Brexit re­sult in June. The Euro­pean Union re­sult cre­ated much tu­mult in the so­cio-eco­nomic struc­ture of Europe and the tourism in­dus­try was no dif­fer­ent.

Ire­land’s for­eign of­fice said that the rate of en­quiries con­tin­ued to ac­cel­er­ate fol­low­ing the Brexit re­sult.

Any­body born in the Ir­ish Repub­lic or North­ern Ire­land, or with an Ir­ish par­ent or grand­par­ent, is en­ti­tled to an Ir­ish pass­port which com­prises of about six mil­lion Bri­tish cit­i­zens. All of them are en­ti­tled to hold dual cit­i­zen­ship.

Pass­port forms be­came al­most en­dan­gered in the post of­fices and em­bassies fielded thou­sands of calls in the days fol­low­ing the 23 June vote. More than 21,500 Bri­tons ap­plied for pass­ports since July com­pared to just un­der 11,000 in the same pe­riod a year ago.

Ac­cord­ing to a for­eign of­fice, ap­pli­ca­tions by Bri­tons try­ing to hang onto EU cit­i­zen­ship via a pass­port from their near­est neigh­bour have in­creased each month since the vote and rose 120% year-on-year in Septem­ber.

Regis­tra­tions for Ir­ish pass­ports in North­ern Ire­land, whose cit­i­zens can hold both an Ir­ish and Bri­tish pass­port as the prov­ince is part of the United King­dom, rose by 68% over the same three­month pe­riod.

Sev­eral pro-leave cam­paign­ers have also re­quested for the re­turn of blue pass­ports for Bri­tish Na­tion­als af­ter the Brexit vote, which were phased out in 1988.

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