Huge rise in number of British people wanting French passport since Brexit vote

David Harding
More and more Britons want to become French passport holders (Rex)

Five times as many British people are trying to get a French passport since the UK voted to leave the European Union, official figures reveal.

A total of 1,518 Britons became French citizens last year, compared with 320 in 2015 and 439 the year before.

And last year 3,173 Britons applied to become French, contrasting greatly with the numbers before the Brexit vote in June 2016.

In 2015, there were just 386 applications in comparison.

A French passport (Rex)

In the year of the landmark referendum there were 1,363.

Britain voted by a slender 51.9 % majority to leave the European Union. Ongoing negotiations have determined that the country will finally leave the EU on March 31 next year.

After the vote in 2016, many people who wanted to remain in the EU looked to see if they could apply for a new passport.

There were media reports that many Britons were trying to get Irish passports to remain as an EU citizen when Britain eventually leaves.

When Britain does leave the EU it will get its own blue passport.


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Brexiteer Nigel Farage who has called for a second referendum (Rex)

Last year it was reported that a record number of Brits worldwide had applied for Irish passports – with some 500,000 applications made in the first half of 2017.

Brexit has become an increasingly sore point in British politics and even one of the most prominent champions of splitting from Brussels, Nigel Farage, has said in recent days there should be a second referendum to resolve the matter once and for all.

The latest opinion polls show that if the referendum was re-run today then those voting to remain inside the European Union would win by 10 per cent.