A good number of British citizens submitted applications to get an Irish passport in 2018 as Britain prepares for its departure from the EU which will officially happen on the 29th of May, 2019.
Of the applications for Ireland’s passport, 98,544 of them were from citizens of the UK. This represents a 22% spike in a rush for the visa when compared to the records of 2017. Northern Ireland, too, had 84,855 applications, which was a 2% rise, going by the records of 2017. Northern Ireland is a part of the UK and is the smallest of its 4 constituent countries. It remained in the UK in 1922 when the Republic of Ireland broke off officially and got its independence.
UK citizens who are dual citizens of both Britain and Ireland will keep enjoying the privileges of EU citizens which also includes the right to live and work without a visa, in any of the EU’s 28 member-countries. Given the circumstances of the Brexit, this option is invaluable.
Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May put off a crucial vote that was to be done in Parliament on a Brexit deal her government had negotiated in December. She postponed at the last minute and it was interpreted as an obvious sign that she would lose.
Members of Parliament were not pleased about the backstop arrangement existing between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In her own party, May got away with a vote of no confidence regarding her leadership. She, however, said she was going to seek Brussels’ reassurances on the backstop matter before the parliament sits for the vote on Brexit deals which will be held sometime in mid-January.
Brits with Irish heritage have an advantage
The government of Ireland issued 822,000 passports in 2018. Eligibility for the passports includes people who have an Irish parent. Those who have at least one grandparent who is an Irish citizen, are also eligible to apply for the passport. British citizens who have neither an Irish parent nor a grandparent but live in Ireland can qualify to apply under residency rules.
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