700,000 Irish passports have been issued in the year of Brexit - a new record

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Tuesday 29 November 2016 14:45
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So. Brexit.

Unfortunately, the word isn't the punchline of a joke.

Phillip Hammond’s Autumn Statement destroyed any illusions there may have been of an ‘easy’ way out of the EU.

Remainers (and maybe even a few Brexiters who jumped ship following the growing impression that Theresa May’s government do not have a solid plan for Brexit) have set up a campaign to lobby the government to allow citizens to keep their EU membership.

However, for those who are so unhappy with the state of British politics, Ireland might have a solution.

The Passport Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade tweeted the following statistic on Monday:

There have been 700,000 Irish passports issued in 2016 – breaking their record.

Figures from the end of October show that there were 635,635 passport applications, compared to 566,142 in 2015.

A closer look at the statics show that forty two per cent of those applications were from Great Britain.

Why Ireland?

That’s easy: Irish passport holders are able to work and move freely in the EU after the UK leave.

Well, it's been fun.

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