Too soon to judge impact of Brexit on dual nationality applicants


It is too soon to determine the impact of the Brexit vote on the number of Britons wishing to take Luxembourgish nationality, the Justice Minister has said.

Responding to a parliamentary questions, Felix Braz said that in the first half of 2016, the number of applications for naturalisation from British expats in Luxembourg rose compared with the past.

He said: “Considering the short lapse of time between the referendum on the “Brexit”, organised on June 23, 2016, and the parliamentary question, it is premature to determine the real impact of this vote in favour of the UK’s departure from the EU on the number of requests for Luxembourgish nationality by British expatriates.”

Last year, 75 British nationals applied for Luxembourgish nationality, the highest number since the introduction of dual nationality.

In June, 2016, the number was 17, in May 18 and in April it was 10.

There are thought to be around 6,000 British nationals living in luxembourg. In a previous article, we reported that the Institut National de Langues and the British Embassy in Luxembourg had received an increased number of queries from British nationals following the Brexit vote.

The British Embassy said there wil be no immediate changes to the status of Britons living and working in Luxembourg as any new arrangements must be negotiated.

However, if Britain successfully curtails freedom of movement of EU workers within its borders, this change is expected to have a knock-on effect for Britons living in other countries within the EU.