More than a million British people will have their passports revoked after the Brexit vote, after a new survey found that most of those who will lose their passports in the coming weeks are not the very wealthy.
Key points:In the past month, 2.4 million passports have been cancelledIn the last month, 1.9 million passport holders have been granted extensionsThe new survey by the Royal Household Survey has found that more than a quarter of UK passport holders were not millionaires in the past yearThe survey also found that almost half of those people were not wealthy enough to afford a passport, which could lead to them losing their rights to the UK in a court challenge.
According to the Royal Society for Public Policy Research, around 2.5 million passports were cancelled between December 2016 and April this year, with around 1.4 percent of the UK population aged over 65 having their passports cancelled.
The survey found:Around 1.3 million people in the last year had their passports removed, with 1.1 million people being granted extensions, the latest figures available.
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of those affected were millionaires in 2016, with nearly half (49 percent) being granted extension.
The most common reason for passport cancellation was a financial hardship, with 24 percent of people affected citing “financial hardship”, with just 7 percent saying they were unemployed.
Around 8,000 people had their passport revoked for not paying rent, while a further 1,300 had their home revoked for non-payment.
The Royal Household survey was commissioned by the Government and conducted between January and June this year.
The findings are based on interviews with 2,500 people.
It found that the average annual income of a British passport holder was £40,000, with most people having a family income of less than £20,000.
The study also found:Of those who had their own passports cancelled, around 3.6 million had their name on their passport changed and almost 3.4 millon people had the name on the passport changed to “other”.
A further 1.2 million people had a passport cancelled due to “unrelated” reasons.
A further 3.1 millon were not allowed to renew their passport after their current passport expired.
A further 7.1 percent of those on extensions had their identity taken off, while about 3.5 percent were given the chance to appeal their passport revocation.
In a statement, the Home Office said:We are disappointed that passport holders from across the UK will no longer be able to use their UK citizenship and will continue to offer our support to those who have lost their passports.
“However, the Government will continue working closely with all passport holders to ensure that they are treated fairly and the process is fair and equitable.”
The Government’s position is clear that passport renewals are based solely on the person’s income, and that only the poorest, most vulnerable and the most vulnerable are eligible for passports.
However, some people are already planning to leave the UK for their own protection.”
We will continue our work to make sure that every citizen has the right to live in their own country and that no one is left behind when leaving the UK,” it said.
However, some people are already planning to leave the UK for their own protection.