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British and Irish = EU

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.

British, European, Irish

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.

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Spending time in Norway

In March I’m returning to Stavanger one of my favourite cities in Norway. I’ve been travelling to Norway since I was 4 years old with my Mam & Dad.

My Great Aunt, Pam, emigrated to Norway after marrying Asbjørn, who she met at Sunderland University. They live close to Bergen, and we visited every other year until I was about 10 years old.

Then, as an adult, I’ve made a conscious effort to visit every year. 2020 marks my 15th year of visiting Norway, and as well as Bergen, I’ve recently been visiting places such as Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger.

To me, Stavanger is the perfect mix of a business-focused city – known as Norway’s oil capital – with a dash of leisure. There’s plenty to do and see mixed with plenty of opportunity.

On this visit, I intend to relax, blog, and see everything that Stavanger has to offer.

Although I won’t be seeing Pam & Asbjørn on this visit, I’ll be catching up with them later in the year when I visit Bergen.

Thankfully, now that the UK has left the European Union, I have retained my freedom to visit, work and spend time in Norway, an EEA member state, thanks to my Irish Passport.

Who knows what this visit to Stavanger will bring. I’ll be keeping my blog updated during my time there, so please do follow along and check back regularly.

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Friday 31st January

On Friday 31st January at 11pm (UK time), the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, after nearly half a century of membership.

At this point most of the UK population will cease to be EU Citizens, however, as I’m also a citizen of Ireland, this change won’t affect me. After the transition period, regardless of any agreement the UK and EU come to in terms of the ‘future relationship’, I will retain the right to work, live and visit 27 EU member states, plus Norway and other countries in the EEA.

This blog will chart my course as I explore the benefits of my EU Citizenship, as well as my time in Ireland and Norway, amongst other things.