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
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.
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