The Anonymous Widower

Australia’s Dual Citizenship Row

This article on the BBC is entitled Barnaby Joyce: Australia Deputy PM Disqualified From Office. This is said.

Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and four other politicians were wrongly elected because they held dual citizenship, a court has ruled.

The High Court of Australia decision means three of the politicians, including Mr Joyce, are disqualified from office. The others quit in July.

Australia’s constitution prohibits dual citizens from being elected.

So what are the rules in the UK?

This page on the UK Parliament web site is entitled Who Can Stand As An MP?. This is said.

People wishing to stand as an MP must be over 18 years of age, be a British citizen or citizen of a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland

Candidates must be nominated by ten parliamentary electors of the constituency they wish to stand in.

There of course a few other rules with respect to things like criminal records.

But it would appear that Barnaby Joyce would be free to stand in a UK Parliamentary election, as he is an Australian citizen.

Andrew Bonar Law, who up until now, is the only Prime Minister born outside the British Isles, was born in Canada.

October 27, 2017 - Posted by | World | ,

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