12 Dec, 2018 @ 12:21
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BREXIT: British applications for Spanish citizenship soar 232% as Theresa May faces no-confidence vote

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UNDER FIRE: Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote
UNDER FIRE: Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote

THE number of Brits applying for Spanish citizenship has tripled since 2015 when David Cameron reiterated his promise of a Brexit vote.

After the Tory leader made an election promise to hold an in-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership, swathes of Britons applied to be recognised as Spanish.

In 2015 just 50 British people registered Spanish citizenship applications, but in the first 10 months of 2018 that number had soared to 166.

The 232% surge in applications by British nationals over three years was revealed by Spain’s General Department for Registries and Notaries.

FEAR: Between January and October of this year 166 Brits applied for Spanish citizenship, amid Brexit worries

Britain is fourth in the EU for Spanish citizenship applications after Romanians, Italians and Bulgarians.

Meanwhile Moroccans placed 10,067 applications from January to October this year, as Venezuelans put in 2,001, reported El Pais.

It comes as Tory MPs have triggered a no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May, following her unpopular proposed Brexit deal.

After the 1922 Committee received the 48 letters required to trigger a no-confidence vote, May said that should she lose, a new PM would have to delay Brexit.

So far 100 MPs have publicly said they will back May’s leadership, while at least 48 would vote against her.

REMAIN: Since David Cameron announced there would be a Brexit vote back in 2015, Brits have scrambled to put in Spanish citizenship applications

The required number of votes to oust May is 158, but any number upward of 100 would put the UK leader on shaky ground.

Speaking outside Downing Street this morning, May said: “I will contest that [no-confidence] vote with everything I have got.”

Boris Johnson is the favourite among MPs as a would-be replacement for May, while Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Esther McVey, David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg are among the other frontrunners.

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