Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has announced that she will resign from the Federal Parliament following confirmation that she was a UK citizen.
Lambie’s father was born in Scotland, which means that she holds a dual citizenship with the UK and Australia. The UK Home Office clarified Lambie’s status this morning.
“I will be resigning from the Senate, it’s been made quite clear that because of my father I am also Scottish,” Lambie told Grant Broadcasters radio.
The senator indicated that while she would not participate in the upcoming state election, she is interested in running at the next federal election.
“I have got candidates running out there for the state election — I’m going to put on my Jacqui Lambie Network jacket and I’ll be right beside them,” said Lambie. “[But] you can’t keep a Lambie down.”
The former Palmer United Party member also said the first thing she would do after resigning was “renounce my [British] citizenship”.
Media Alert: I will make a short statement to the Senate, where I will announce my pairing positions and table my resignation documents pic.twitter.com/5vyzVBAAx9
— Jacqui Lambie (@JacquiLambie) November 13, 2017
Lambie has become the latest parliamentarian who fell victim to the section 44(i) of the Australian constitution, which rules that people who hold dual citizenship are disqualified from federal political office.
Lambie is set to table her resignation today.