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“It is simply who I am”: Inside the court case testing the Good Friday Agreement’s citizenship rules

Emma DeSouza always thought she was Irish—but the Home Office didn't agree. Now, her case is due to be heard again, with potentially profound implications for the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement

By Siobhán Fenton  

The case began before Brexit, but the implications have dovetailed with debates over the referendum. Photo: Prospect composite

When Emma and Jake DeSouza married in 2015, they didn’t expect to find themselves locked in a legal logjam just to be able to live together in the same country. But that is exactly what has happened. In the process, their marriage has exposed complexities and contradictions which strike at the core of Northern Ireland’s contested place within the United Kingdom.

Today, after a legal battle with the Home Office spanning several…

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