I am British. My partner is British. All our ancestors as far back as anyone knows are British. After the referendum in 2016 I scoured the internet looking for ways to retain my EU citizenship. Other than by permanently relocating to an EU country before the date that Brexit takes effect, there is no way for me. When my partner became pregnant, the issue came to the fore again. Even if I cannot retain my EU citizenship, could I not find a way for my baby to be an EU citizen?
After much research on birthright citizenship, I came across the fact that people born in Northern Ireland are automatically British and entitled to be Irish. This sounded interesting. I read and re-read the Irish statute law. It seemed to me that all I had to do was relocate my partner to an NHS hospital in North Ireland for the birth and my little darling baby (son as it turned out) would be entitled to be Irish and thus a citizen of the EU. While certainly not convenient, the cost wouldn’t be prohibitive and it seemed worth the hassle.
My partner, not being confident in my ability to construe foreign legal texts, insisted that I consult an Irish immigration lawyer. The lawyer told me that he had never been asked the question before but he was confident that my son would be entitled to be Irish.
I am not alone in caring about the loss of EU citizenship and wanting it for my child. Why I care is set out in detail in a whole separate article. Given that the referendum was now a few years ago, I am surprised that this possibility for retaining EU citizenship for our children is not already widely known. I set up this website to share.