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“Imposed Citizenship”: how Brexit is already quietly affecting Northern Ireland’s Irish citizens

The government aren't keen to shout about it, but Emma de Souza's case has already been seen as a constitutional test of the Good Friday Agreement. And that's only the start

By Stephen Donnan-Dalzell  

Northern Irish people can have British Citizenship, Irish Citizenship or both. So why has one case become a fraught test for identity post-Brexit? Photo: Prospect composite

Like many of you, I have been following with interest—and some confusion—the growing controversy over the issue of what will happen regarding Irish citizenship in Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit (whenever that may be).

The issue arose as a result of an application by Irish citizen and Derry native, Emma de Souza, which sought to bring her…

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