UK Residents Turn Irish Ahead of Brexit Vote

By Gary Cutlack on at

Irish authorities say they're receiving an "unprecedented" number of requests for passports, as some UK residents look to rebrand themselves as Irish ahead of the possibly calamitous result of the EU referendum.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs has had to draft in around 200 temporary workers to cope with the sudden rush from people wanting to be officially recognised as Irish, with Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan saying: "I don't have any evidence that you can forge a link between an increase in passport applications and the current referendum but I do acknowledge the factual position that there is heightened interest in Irish passport application and Irish citizenship."

Sky News says there's been a 25 per cent increase in Irish passport applications from people living in England, Scotland and Wales so far this year, with the most recent stats, for April, showing a huge 42 per cent rise. Although that only covers 987 people, so it's not what you might call an exodus yet.

Applying for an Irish passport would ensure that the holder remains a member of the EU on a personal level, should the UK vote to leave the little European party next week. So it's quite a pro-Europe statement to make. [Sky News]

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