We all know Cliff Richard loves Barbados.
What may be less well-known is that Cliff is now an official Barbadian citizen.
Cliff has revoked his UK residency and has somehow managed to wangle himself a new passport.
Cliff no longer pays any tax to HMRC.
“I’m officially a non-resident, although I will always be British and proud of it,” says Sir Cliff.
His spokesman, Bill Latham, confirms that Sir Cliff is a citizen of Barbados, where, after selling his house in Weybridge, Surrey, in 2006, he now spends most of his time…
..the singer, who retains a flat in Sunningdale, Berkshire, has not paid tax to the British Government on money he earns outside the country for some years.”
Some people in Barbados have queried how Cliff acquired citizenship which is usually only possible via marriage.
According to the Barbados Free Press:
” Sir Cliff is a full citizen of Barbados.
Is this report correct? Did I miss it in the Barbados news media?
Sir Cliff is always pushing Barbados and we thank him for that. We have no issues at all with him acquiring Bajan citizenship and we welcome him to the family.
We do have questions though – about who gets Bajan citizenship, the process and the rules. We can’t find a comprehensive guide published by the Barbados government and we wonder if the whole process isn’t quite arbitrary.
We’d love to hear from some Immigration staff on this one!“
Another commentator said:
“ I was under the impression the only way to become a citizen was to marry a Bajan! Otherwise you apply for residency, I’ll be very interested to hear the official outcome of this.”
Why has Cliff become a non-dom?
Why was Cliff unusually granted full Barbadian citizenship?
Why does Cliff spend months and months hiding out in Barbados?
What rights does Cliff have if he has a brush with the law in the UK?
What help could Cliff expect from the Barbadian Embassy?
We haven’t got the foggiest idea.