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Brexit passport rush continues, but Brits face long waits for Swedish citizenship

How long do you have to wait for a Swedish passport? Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Published: 16.Nov.2018 14:31 hrs

More than 1,600 Britons have applied for citizenship in Sweden so far in 2018, a huge increase on the years preceding the Brexit vote.

The big news for British citizens in Europe this week was that freedom of movement was excluded from the latest draft of the Brexit deal. The draft grants Brits who meet the requirements for permanent residency rights in their host country, but does not allow onward movement within the EU.

There are currently just under 20,000 British citizens living in Sweden without Swedish citizenship, figures from Statistics Sweden show. But many of them are applying for citizenship as a way of ensuring they cannot only stay in Sweden but continue to enjoy the rights that come with membership of the EU after Brexit. 

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