Briefing: What are the barriers to British citizenship for EU nationals?

The recent case of Inga Lockton is the most high-profile recent example of growing problems that EU citizens and their families face with applying for British citizenship. Ms Lockton lived in the UK for 39 years, was married to a British citizen and had British children. She was elected a borough councillor in 1999, a Suffolk county councillor in 2001 ad was mayor of Ipswich in 2007. She was granted indefinite leave to remain when she first arrived in Britain back in 1979. Nevertheless, when she applied for naturalisation and paid the fee of £1,282 to do so, she was refused on the basis that she did not meet the…

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