Mr Tannock told The Sun today that he is committed to representing Londoners right up until Brexit, rejecting the calls for him to resign. He criticised his party’s “arrogance, hubris, petty nationalism and triumphalism”.
He added that although he has always been aware of his Irish background, “It has been awakened by Brexit because, to be honest, I am quite ashamed to be British in many ways“.
Mr Tannock was eligible for the passport because his grandmother was born in Dublin.
“I feel more Irish than ever“, he said. I am very proud to be Irish. She has also applied and successfully been accepted to become an Irish passport holder.
He also attacked his party’s “arrogance, hubris and petty nationalism” after the European Union referendum vote.
A UK Government spokesman has said that the British government will be forced to step in and take control over governance in Northern Ireland if the parties at Stormont cannot reach an agreement.
Elsewhere within the European Union, a warning was issued last week (1 September) by Irish MEP Seán Kelly for a more rigorous European Union cybersecurity strategy to prevent attacks on critical infrastructure, the commercial sector and governments.
“I am confident that using the most up-to-date technology we can get a non-visible border operational along the Border between Northern Ireland and Ireland”, Mr Davis said.
On Twitter on Monday, however, the European Union negotiator claimed he had told delegates that Brexit was an “occasion to explain single market benefits in all countries, including my own”, adding: “We do not want to “educate” or “teach lessons”.
Around 6 million people in the United Kingdom could be entitled to an Irish passport.
A report by The Irish Times quoted Paul Dwyer as saying: “There are concerns from the business and cyber security communities about the implications Brexit will have on existing cyber security, privacy, and data protection laws”.
More than 100,000 Irish passports were issued to British citizens in the first half of 2017.
If you were born outside the island of Ireland and if either of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in the island of Ireland, then you are entitled to Irish citizenship, and entitled to apply for an Irish passport under Irish law, irrespective of where you reside.
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) has been inundated with applications and has asked United Kingdom citizens to check whether they are eligible before applying.
An angry Tory MEP has said he is “ashamed to be British” after Brexit and has successfully obtained an Irish passport.