I'm seen it suggested in another topic (http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?t=8241
) that the Irish might be the only people that the UK government could not force to register on the NIR, and was wondering if somebody legal could comment more widely on this? Perhaps the answer is that we can't tell at the moment, as the legislation to make it compulsory has not been passed yet. Nevertheless I would have thought we could make an educated guess as to what is possible.
As far as I'm aware the situation is:
If you're British and live in Britain, then there will be no hiding place when they make NIR compulsory for you.
If you're other-EU and live in Britain for over 3 months, the government will probably try to make NIR compulsory. However EU citizens have free movement within the EU, so couldn't they just leave the country and then come back again to reset the clock?
The nice thing about Ireland is that it forms a Common Travel Area with the UK, so the British government doesn't know about it when you travel to or from Ireland (you don't need a passport or anything). So anyone could claim they've left the UK to go to Ireland, even if they haven't, making the resetting-the-clock trick even easier (if indeed it works in the first place).
I know that Irish have special legal status because of the legislation that made Ireland independent, but I confess I'm not at all familiar with it. Does it make a difference to NIR?
I am interested because I may be able to claim Irish citizenship, and I travel to Ireland every couple of months anyway. If I become Irish, I could then let my British passport lapse. But could the lack of a British passport excuse me from registration? I'd still be British after all, even if I didn't have a passport.
I'm sorry this is a jumble of issues, but the "Irish question" is of interest to a lot of people with Irish relatives, and I hope that somebody might be able to help us all understand it.