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Which EU Countries allow for dual citizenship with the UK? (2019 UPDATE)

02 August 2019 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration

In the wake of Brexit, many EU nationals are looking to formalise their status in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme, with some going a step further and applying to naturalise as British citizens.

This article sets out to explain which EU countries allow dual citizenship with the UK, in addition to those who  do so in limited circumstances, and those who  prohibit dual nationality altogether.

Those that allow

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Those that allow dual citizenship with the UK subject to certain conditions

Austria - allows dual citizenship to those who acquire a second nationality by birth, but not by naturalisation. In rare circumstances, such as with Arnold Schwarzenegger, special permission can be granted to retain Austrian citizenship whilst also naturalising in another country.

Slovakia - allows dual citizenship to those who acquire a second nationality by birth, but not by naturalisation.

The Netherlands - allows dual citizenship to those who acquire a second nationality by birth, but not by naturalisation. However, the new Dutch government has pledged to change this, in light of complications in the face of Brexit. This amendment to Dutch nationality law was marked for spring 2019, however no legislation has yet been passed.

Those that prohibit dual citizenship with the UK

Estonia, Lithuania

It is worth remarking that both Estonia and Lithuania are currently reconsidering the matter of dual-nationality, and may well extend their laws to allow dual citizenship with the UK in future.

Position of the other EEA countries & Switzerland

Iceland – allows dual citizenship with the UK.

Liechtenstein – allows dual citizenship with the UK.

Switzerland – allows dual citizenship with the UK.

Norway –adopted a resolution on 6 December 2018 to allow dual citizenship for both Norwegians becoming a citizen of another country, and citizens of other countries if they wish to naturalise as Norwegian. The law will likely enter into force in or around the beginning of 2020.

It is important to note that this post is intended only as a guideline and readers who may be affected should check the position with their own embassies or authorities for clarification. Alternatively, please contact our immigration solicitors for further guidance on UK citizenship matters.

Source: European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship

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