Nick Xenophon Team senator resigns due to United Kingdom citizenship

Skye Kakoschke Moore with Nick Xenophon followed by Rebekha Sharkie, and Stirling Griff

She was given the "right of abode" in the United Kingdom in 1971.

Her mother was born in Singapore to British parents, and migrated to Australia with her family.

However, Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie's eligibility remains in doubt after it was revealed her citizenship was not renounced until after she nominated for the 2016 election.

It comes as former tennis champion John Alexander runs as a Liberal candidate in his old northern Sydney seat of Bennelong, after he resigned from parliament for being a dual British citizen by descent. "I am therefore a British citizen".

"I can say that from the preliminary legal advice that I obtained on behalf of Skye that we're in uncharted legal territory as to whether it would be a count back or some other mechanism of dealing with this", he said.

She said Wednesday she discovered she was British while gathering evidence ahead of a December deadline for Australia-born senators to provide documented proof that they had not inherited the citizenship of an immigrant parent or grandparent.

"I am resigning from the Senate today, and will be requesting that my matter be referred to the High Court when the Senate sits next week".

Mr Xenophon has sought legal advice regarding the senator's replacement.

The NXT will argue that Storer should not get the spot because he is no longer in the party. "My time as a Senator has been the most fulfilling of my life".

Her leader, former senator Nick Xenophon, was one of the so-called Citizenship Seven to front the High Court this year over dual citizenship issues, but was cleared by the court over potentially being entitled to British citizenship rights via Cyprus.

The British Home Office had pocketed her money before the nomination, Xenophon said.

"There may be a referral".

Sky Kakoschke-Moore, who was only elected to parliament past year after working as a political adviser, has made the shock announcement in Adelaide - making her the ninth federal MP forced out since the citizenship crisis unravelled in July.

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