Several EU nationals will lose nationality if they apply for UK Citizenship ahead of Brexit as their home nations are yet to recognize dual citizenship. This means they will have to forfeit nationality of their home nation.
Owing to the uncertain ambiance for the rights of EU citizens’ post-Brexit, many EU nationals currently residing in the UK are looking to apply for UK Citizenship. Though it is an expensive and long-drawn process, it will secure their future after the UK exits the EU in March 2019.
Around 100,000 Dutch citizens in the UK could lose their original nationality. The Prime Minister of Netherlands has already cautioned them that if they take up UK Citizenship, they will lose their Dutch nationality. In fact, the government had launched a campaign to elaborate on the risks to overseas Dutch nationals, as quoted by the Euronews.
In Austria, this issue has resulted in charged debates focusing on the large numbers of Turkish nationals in the country. Austria does not legally recognize dual nationality. For immigrants, most of the nations have already offered exemptions to dual nationality. This includes naturalized citizens, for children and spouses of nationals and for individuals who come from nations that offer inalienable citizenship acquired by descent.
In spite of this, for nationals of these nations residing overseas, there are no exemptions. This means abandoning their original nationality. This implies forfeiting some of the inherent democratic rights such as to live and work in the nations of origin. There could also be emotional issues.
For these nationals in the UK, the choice is to not apply for UK citizenship. But this could result in troubles in areas such as rights to education and work permits.
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