The number of UK citizens who acquired the citizenship of an EU member state in 2018 reached over 16,000, latest figures reveal, more than double the amount registered in 2016 when the country voted to exit the bloc. According to data released on Tuesday by Eurostat, Britons made up the seventh biggest recipients of EU citizenship in 2018 with 16,193 of them acquiring another EU nationality. The majority — 59% — became either German or French citizens.
The number of UK nationals acquiring an EU citizenship has sharply increased since the country voted to leave the bloc in a June 2016 referendum.
The UK officially left the EU on January 31 2020.
Eurostat / Euronews