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14 November 2017, 03:53 | Erica Roy
By James Hennessy
Jacqui Lambie is the latest politician to fall victim to Section 44 of the Constitution.
Independent senator Jacqui Lambie will resign from parliament at the start of Senate proceedings today, after receiving advice from the UK Home Office that she is entitled to UK citizenship via her father, who arrived in Australia at the age of one from Scotland.
Lambie's father was born in Scotland, granting her automatic British citizenship by descent.
It's understood Lambie only learnt about her British ancestry last week.
The Tasmanian senator announced this morning that she will resign from the Senate at midday after discovering she's a dual citizen.
"I'm happy to put on record that I'm satisfied that my parents are both Australian citizens and I have no concerns about me being a dual citizen because of where they were born or came from", she said.
"I'd certainly have a good look at it, I just have to see what else is going on", she said.
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.
Devonport mayor Steve Martin is next in line to take Ms Lambie's seat in the Upper House, but Professor George Williams of the University of NSW told AAP his succession could be in doubt because of Mr Martin's role in local government.
She joins Barnaby Joyce, Malcolm Roberts, Larissa Waters and and Scott Ludlam as members of parliament who have lost their jobs as a result of the scandal.
She also flagged plans for a return to politics in the lower house, targeting the Labor-held seat of Braddon, where the citizenship status of sitting MP Justine Keay is now under a cloud.
A resolution passed in the Senate yesterday - after the Government and Opposition reached agreement on it - requires senators to make declarations about all relevant particulars of their citizenship in a special registry by December 1. Until then, the government's one-seat majority has gone and Turnbull's ruling coalition will rely on support of independent lawmakers to remain in power.
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