Anybody born in Northern Ireland, or who has an Irish parent or grandparents, is entitled to an Irish passport.
In 2018, the number of British citizens applying for Irish passports has risen by 22% – a rise of more than 100% since Britain’s historic referendum to leave the European Union.
Nearly 100,000 eligible Britons, up from 81,000 in 2017 and 46,000 in 2015, have sought to hang onto their EU citizenship via a passport from Ireland, their nearest neighbor.
Incidentally, anybody born in Northern Ireland, or has an Irish parent or grandparents, is entitled to an Irish passport. As a result, nearly 6 million British citizens are entitled to have dual citizenship.
Registrations for Irish passports in Northern Ireland, whose citizens can hold both an Irish and British passport as the province is part of the United Kingdom, rose by 2% in the year to the end of December.
With just 3 months to go before the U.K is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, Theresa May’s draft divorce deal is finding hard to stay afloat ahead of a planned vote in the British parliament in January 2019.
This has significant ramifications for the UK’s economy and opens up a range of possibilities which includes crashing from the EU without a deal or calling off Brexit entirely.