The number of Britons who have applied for citizenship in other EU nations since the Brexit referendum last year has soared by tens of thousands – and almost trebled in Ireland.
Elsewhere, the requests doubled in Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Poland – and there was a sharp rise in France, figures showed.
It comes amid uncertainty over whether the estimated one million British people based in EU member states will be allowed to legally remain there when the UK eventually severs ties with Brussels.
In Ireland it amounted to 64,400 UK nationals who made a bid for passports there in the year to June, compared to 25,207 in the previous year, BBC figures showed.
The numbers also saw significant hikes in Spain (2,300 to 4,558), Sweden (from 969 to 2,002), Poland (from 152 to 332) and Denmark (from 289 to 604).
Elsewhere, the numbers in France – where they are recorded in a calendar year …