Your Irish granny could save your EU citizenship.

An op-ed by Mr. Colin Murray and Dr. Ben Warwick on Buzzfeed.

Was your grandmother born in Ireland? Usually a question that people from Great Britain have been asked out of lighthearted interest or because they’ve be watching Who Do You Think You Are?. But with the approaching EU referendum, genealogy is about to become much more important for many people.

That’s because if you were born in Great Britain and have an Irish grandparent or parent you can get an Irish passport by applying for Irish Citizenship through Ireland’s system of Foreign Birth Registration. Doing so will allow you to claim dual nationality alongside your British citizenship. If the UK heads for the EU’s exit door, having an Irish passport could become a lot more valuable as it will allow you to retain your citizenship of the European Union.

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