Surge in applications for UK passports reported following decision to exit the EU
A significant increase in applications for a UK passport was reported following last year’s referendum which resulted in the UK voting to withdraw from the EU.
The applications, which have increased by a third, have come mainly from individuals in other EU countries who are attempting to secure their right to live, work and be educated in the UK once the country formally exits the EU, which is expected to happen in early 2019 after prime minister Theresa May triggered Article 50. Article 50 is the formal notification the EU requires for exit negotiations to begin.
The figures, released by the Passport Office to the Financial Times, showed that over 13,000 people living outside the UK but in other EU countries applied for a British passport last year, which is a 35% increase on 2015. The largest applications came from France followed by Germany.