Could it be Sexit? The smallest nation on Earth braces for Brexit

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Could it be Sexit? The smallest nation on Earth braces for Brexit

Welcome to Sealand, a North Sea island with a storied past that’s taking citizenship into its own hands

Charlotte Lytton

Standing 11km off the Suffolk coast, it is the self-proclaimed smallest micro-nation in the world. And for more than half a century, Sealand (https://www.sealandgov.org/) – a wind-lashed World War 2 naval fort whose main platform, about 18m above the North Sea, can only be reached by being winched up by crane – has seen off not only German advances but those from the British government, too.

Now, with rising uncertainty over Brexit, the sovereign state is receiving hundreds of applications for citizenship each week.

According to Michael Bates, the principality’s 67-year-old prince, would-be Sealanders are inspired by the ruling family’s “desire for freedom from authority” – as well as its black passport, embossed with two crowned sea creatures...

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