Jacqui Lambie is resigning from the Senate because she's a dual national

Jacqui Lambie could quit within 24 hours

Lambie appears to have inherited Scottish citizenship from her father, who was born in Scotland before moving to Tasmania as a young boy.

Colourful Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has been foreshadowing her departure from federal politics, telling Senate colleagues she is scrambling to check whether she is a British citizen by descent.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said Senator Lambie had "acted with integrity" by resigning, and said she had brought some "interesting flare" to the chamber in her time. However she is awaiting confirmation from British Authorities.

The outspoken parliamentarian at the time insisted her affairs were in order, and that she was "satisfied" there was no concern over her citizenship status.

The senator told Tasmania Talks radio on Tuesday morning that she would resign after discovering that her father had not renounced his United Kingdom citizenship and it was "quite clear" that it meant she was also Scottish.

Lambie has growing fears she is a dual-national despite both her parents holding Australian passports, and confirmed to Fairfax she would quiet immediately should that be proven true.

Seven other lawmakers have already been forcibly ejected from parliament or have voluntarily resigned in recent weeks because they were found to be dual citizens, a status that is banned for members of parliament under Australia's constitution in a bid to prevent split allegiances.

Lambie addressed the growing concern in a meeting on Monday, saying her home state of Tasmania would be "the first to know" should she resign.

Lambie, who first entered the senate in 2013 as a member of Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party, left, and was re-elected as an independent senator a year ago. All MPs will be forced to disclose their heritage before December 1.

The Turnbull Government is now facing two by-elections in the Lower House: one for Mr Joyce in New England, and another for John Alexander in Bennelong, who has also quit over a latent dual citizenship.

It's understood the deal was negotiated between cabinet minister Mathias Cormann and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.



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