3000, Brits turn German in ‘Brexit disaster’
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