An “out” vote in Britain’s membership of the European Union in the 2016 referendum, has caused many Europeans in Britain to be concerned for their future in the UK.
The UK’s exit of the European Union could mean the return of work permits for employees; the abandonment of joint public healthcare arrangements; tighter restrictions on studying and doing business; possible higher taxes on foreign property ownership and cash transfers between member states; and the treatment of foreign pensions.
There are currently 2.4 million EU citizens in Britain and these uncertainties have caused many EU citizens to change nationality or citizenship, or are considering doing so. Many are concerned that without dual nationality, life as an EU citizen in the UK will be far more problematic.
According to government figures, the number of applications made for naturalisation by EU citizens, including those from countries in eastern Europe that joined the union in 2004, has increased from more than 10,000 in 2009 to just over 18,000 in 2013. This is now expected to rise further due to new concern over the UK’s future in the European Union.
Gherson have specialist solicitors who can provide advice for those wanting to naturalise as British citizens. If you wish to have any further information on the above, please contact us.