Surge In Irish Passport Applications From Eligible Brits Dissapointed At EU Referendum Brexit Result

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25/06/2016 13:04
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Hundreds of Brits who voted 'Remain' in the EU referendum are clambering to apply for an Irish passport after the country voted for Brexit. 

Many voters who found themselves on the minority side of the debate on Friday morning are keen to retain their EU citizenship, by trying to obtain passports from the Republic of Ireland. 

Ireland has been a member of the EU since 1973, the same year the UK joined. 

According to Google, the number of searches using their website for "getting an Irish passport" spiked at more than 100 times the usual number of requests immediately following Thursday's historic vote.

Financial journalist Alec Hogg also noted that there were long queues outside the Irish Passport Office in Dublin on the morning Brits woke up to discover the country had voted to leave. 

Many of them, he said, were Brits living in the country who wanted dual nationality to be able to afforded the same rights and freedoms as their European peers.

Similarly, A Green councillor in Ards reportedly said hundreds of people had applied for Irish passports in his local post office that morning.

Iain Paisley, an MP in Northern Ireland, also advised constituents to rush to apply for a passport from the South if they were entitled to one. 

A member of the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, Paisley added that he often signed-off applications for passport requests for those who wanted to become Irish citizens.

Anyone with parents born in the Republic is eligible to apply.

Dissapointed Remainers with Irish ancestry contemplated applying. London Labour Assembly Member Top Copley said he was "gutted for those who will lose their right to live and work in Europe".

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