I'm British and living in Germany with my SO who is also British.
The prospect of brexit quite understandably has us in a weird emotional state somewhere between fear, anger and disgust. We don't plan on staying in Germany forever but nor do we want to move back to the UK and be stuck there. We want to keep European free movement.
But in our case there is a potential life line.
My SO's grandfather is Italian.
For her this means she can get an Italian passport pretty easily. She has never done this in the past as saw no point but the option is there.
For me things are more complicated but we are discussing getting married so I can share in her Italian Ness.
I've checked the guidelines and apparently you need to be married for 3 years before you can get this (18 months with kids)
A few questions. Some quite theoretical and not related to our situation:
1: is there any probation on Italian citizenship? That is she could get it today and then marry me the day after and start the counter?
2: what if we are married before she becomes Italian? Does the time I am married to her count or only the time I was married to an Italian?
3: purely theoretical as no plans for kids.... But if there was a kid involved how does this affect the counter? Say we are a year without and then we have one. It goes down to 18 months right away or it assumes I only have to wait 18 months or a proportional time off the wait is taken?
4: are there any language requirements? Both of us only know a few words of Italian.
5 : a potential complication I have only just became aware of. Her grandfather WAS Italian. To take British citizenship he had to renounce this as Italy did not accept dual citizenship in the past (they do now). Does this affect things? Any dependency on whether her mother was born before or after this?