United Kingdom defence minister Michael Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed

by Garry Watts June 14, 2017, 3:58
United Kingdom defence minister Michael Fallon says government views on Brexit haven't changed

A record number of Britons took German citizenship in 2016 as the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, according to the German Federal Statistics Office.

The office said that many were concerned that the vote will make it more hard for them to live and work in the European Union in future.

German authorities say the number of Britons granted German citizenship quadrupled previous year as Britain voted to leave the European Union, though they were still only a small fraction of newly naturalised Germans.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said British Prime Minister Theresa May was not sobbing over last week's failed election gamble when he met her after the vote, Davis said on Monday. The number is likely to be far greater again this year as it takes several months to obtain a German passport.

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"In total, that 2,865 Britons took German citizenship in 2016".

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, its citizens are rushing to retain ties to the bloc before the divorce is complete.

Read: Dual citizenship in Europe: Which rules apply where? . Poles came in second at 6,632, a 11 percent increase compared to 2015. European Union and Swiss nationals are allowed to become German citizens and keep their other passports, but everybody else has to satisfy certain criteria-not applicable to many Brits-or else be forced to renounce their previous citizenship in favor of becoming German.

Following the popular referendum in the country to separate from the European Union, many United Kingdom citizens are taking steps to become German nationals, according to a new report from Deutsche Welle.


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