We should celebrate that so many Britons are getting on with the business of securing citizenship of one of the remnant European Union states. For that is what is happening, those who wish to retain r-EU citizenship are doing so by gaining citizenship of an r-EU state. They’re doing so in rising numbers too – as I insist, something to be happy about, even to applaud.
Surge in British people obtaining EU citizenship since referendum, new data reveals
Germany is the most the popular member state for Britons seeking citizenship, with 7,493 people gaining nationality in 2017 compared with 2,702 the previous year.
One part of this is clearly just that we’re well rid of those who would be Germans. Further, the most vociferous of those insisting we must stay in the EU are, by their staying in the EU, making it easier for us not to. But those sorts of reactions would be churlish – not that there’s anything wrong with being a churl of course.
There has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum, according to data obtained by the BBC.
In 2017 a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures.
This compares with 5,025 in 2016 and only 1,800 in 2015.
We really should be applauding this. Choice is a good thing in itself. People now have more choice, that’s a good thing. Those who want EU citizenship can go get it, those who do not want it do not have it imposed upon them. More choice, this is good.
The next most popular citizenship was French, with 12 per cent or 1,518 people, followed by Belgian, with 11 per cent or 1,381.
Think how deluded you’d have to be to voluntarily choose Belgian. Still, this is indeed a good thing. For the greatest freedom and right of all is the right of exit. The ability to simply leave. Yes, we might think that of Brexit itself but that’s not quite the point. Whatever the system, that at an individual level we can up sticks and leave it, is that greatest freedom. Perhaps we don’t like the majority – or given how it usually works, plurality – view of how the country should be run. OK, we can leave. It is exactly this right of exit which tempers the inevitable dictatorship of the majority which is democracy itself.
People are availing themselves of this great freedom, the ability to leave. Good, and good luck to them.