A European Union flag flies near Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Britain's Treasury chief has little room to maneuver Wednesday as he reveals his spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of Brexit. While Philip Hammond is promising to tackle a bleak economic outlook "head on," a slowing economy and stubborn deficit mean there is little money available to increase spending in the face of demands from teachers, firefighters, the National Health Service and the military.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

As the UK voted to leave the EU, a record number of Britons acquired citizenship in European countries

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The number of UK nationals acquiring citizenship in another EU country spiked 165%, from about 2,480 in 2015 to about 6,550 in 2016, according to new Eurostat data.

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A European Union flag flies near Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Britain's Treasury chief has little room to maneuver Wednesday as he reveals his spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of Brexit. While Philip Hammond is promising to tackle a bleak economic outlook "head on," a slowing economy and stubborn deficit mean there is little money available to increase spending in the face of demands from teachers, firefighters, the National Health Service and the military.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Acquisition of citizenship by UK nationals in EU countries

A European Union flag flies near Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Britain's Treasury chief has little room to maneuver Wednesday as he reveals his spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of Brexit. While Philip Hammond is promising to tackle a bleak economic outlook "head on," a slowing economy and stubborn deficit mean there is little money available to increase spending in the face of demands from teachers, firefighters, the National Health Service and the military.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Applications increased just as the UK voted to leave the EU, as Britons tried to lock in the perks that come with European citizenship, including the right to live and work anywhere in the bloc.

A European Union flag flies near Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Britain's Treasury chief has little room to maneuver Wednesday as he reveals his spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of Brexit. While Philip Hammond is promising to tackle a bleak economic outlook "head on," a slowing economy and stubborn deficit mean there is little money available to increase spending in the face of demands from teachers, firefighters, the National Health Service and the military.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Germany saw the largest increase, from 590 German citizenships granted to UK nationals in 2015 to 2,700 in 2016—possibly because it processes requests faster than other countries.

A European Union flag flies near Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Britain's Treasury chief has little room to maneuver Wednesday as he reveals his spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of Brexit. While Philip Hammond is promising to tackle a bleak economic outlook "head on," a slowing economy and stubborn deficit mean there is little money available to increase spending in the face of demands from teachers, firefighters, the National Health Service and the military.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Most popular countries for UK nationals acquiring EU citizenship

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