Record number of Britons become German citizens post-Brexit vote

The number of Brits taking German citizenship soared a year ago, according to new statistics.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said British Prime Minister Theresa May was not sobbing over last week's failed election gamble when he met her after the vote, Davis said on Monday.

The number of Britons becoming German citizens rose by 361% in 2016, amid concerns that Brexit could make it more hard for British people to live and work in the EU.

Berlin's statistical agency noted that it expects the number of United Kingdom citizens applying for German citizenship to rise even more as the UK's expected 2019 separation date from the bloc approaches.

A total of 110,400 foreigners took up German citizenship last year, a 2.9 per cent rise over the previous year.

EU presses Britain to get its act together for Brexit talks
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party's leader, said however that May should resign and let another party form a government. German Chancellor Angela "Merkel will notice that, (French President Emmanuel) Macron will notice that".

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, its citizens are rushing to retain ties to the bloc before the divorce is complete.

"This is the highest ever level of registered British citizens".

There is a particular urgency in Germany's case, which is down to the country's strict rules on dual citizenship.

The largest national group of those who received a German passport were Turks with 16,290 naturalizations.

According to the statistics presented, on average naturalized citizens were 33 years of age and had resided in Germany for 17 years. Nationals of other European Union countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports.

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