As the UK begins a new path outside of the UK, what about those of us who have dual citizenship? I was born in the UK, but I also hold Irish citizenship, which essentially means that I’m still an EU citizen.
Practically, what does that mean for me, and others who are in a similar situation? First of all, after the transition period ends, any British citizen with a passport from another EU country (Ireland, Germany, France etc) or an EEA country (Norway, Iceland etc) will be a fully fledged EU citizen.
This means that the freedoms that form the pillars of the EU will still apply. Those with dual citizenship from another EU country will continue to be able to work, visit, live and travel to all of the EU and EEA member states under Freedom of Movement Rules.
The world is a big place, and I genuinely belive that there is a huge opportunity for those with dual EU citizenship to tap into a gap that has been left by the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Take this is an example – you are applying for a job in France. It’s down to you and another candidate. You’re both British, equally qualified and experienced. But you’re an Irish citizen. To me, this gives you a bit of a leg up.
Firstly, you won’t need a visa, or permission to work in France, or any EU country. There’s no paperwork, no barriers. Realistically, you can start work tomorrow. Why then, would you hire the other candidate?
It’s time for all of those with dual EU citizenship to cast the net wide, to look to the remaining member states, and look for the opportunity that awaits.