3000, Brits turn Ger­man in ‘Brexit disas­ter’

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

THE num­ber of peo­ple in Bri­tain seek­ing to re­store their Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship has rock­eted fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to leave the EU.

In the past two years, al­most 3,000 peo­ple swapped their Bri­tish pass­port for a Ger­man one.

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment re­vealed they ap­plied to its em­bassy in Lon­don to re­claim the cit­i­zen­ship they or their an­ces­tors were stripped of by the Nazis.

In 2015, the year be­fore the EU ref­er­en­dum, it re­ceived just 59 re­quests for repa­tri­a­tion.

In 2016, that fig­ure leapt to 760 and last year it hit 1,824. From Jan­uary to Septem­ber this year, there were 1,147 ap­pli­ca­tions.

Best for Bri­tain cham­pion, Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, said: “It says some­thing about the un­fore­seen con­se­quences of Brexit that it has prompted Brits stripped of their Ger­man na­tion­al­ity by the Nazis to reap­ply for Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship.

“Brexit is turn­ing into a na­tional disas­ter. The sooner peo­ple get a fi­nal say on a deal and the chance to exit from Brexit the bet­ter.”

Tens of thou­sands of Ger­mans, many of them Jewish, fled to Bri­tain after the Nazis took power.

Other EU coun­tries are also deal­ing with a surge in pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions from Brits.

France has seen the num­ber ask­ing for cit­i­zen­ship rise from 386 in 2015 to 3,173 in 2017.

And there was a spike in ap­pli­ca­tions for Ir­ish cit­i­zen­ship, with re­quests nearly dou­bling after the Brexit vote.

In 2014, 51 UK cit­i­zens be­came Ir­ish. In 2015, that fig­ure in­creased to 54 be­fore hit­ting 98 in 2016.

TAKE THIS TO THE PM Chris hands pe­ti­tion in to of­fi­cial WARPATH Paul, left, Barry and Chris with the pe­ti­tion

RE­TURN Ger­man pass­port

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