The number of Britons acquiring the nationality of another EU country has surged since the Brexit referendum, figures reveal.
German citizenship was the most popular, with 7,493 people gaining nationality in 2017 compared to 2,702 the previous year.
A total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of another EU member state last year, according to figures from 17 out of 27 countries obtained by the BBC.
In 2016 that number was 5,025, and in 2015 it was 1,800.
The rise has been put down to Britons with European familial links taking up dual citizenship before Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.
It means they will still be able to enjoy freedom of movement within Europe and vote in European parliament elections after Brexit.
France was the second most country for Brits acquiring EU citizenship, followed by Belgium.
Paul Petty, who is from Bath but gained dual German citizenship due to his mother’s status as a Jewish refugee, told the BBC: “I feel like Europe is pulling apart a bit at the moment.
“I want to remain part of the EU.”