Immigrants applying for British Citizenship will be required to know about the likes of Shakespeare and the Battle at Trafalgar under new plans proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May.
The Life in the United Kingdom Test – introduced by Labour in 2005 – will be changed to focus less on daily life in Britain and more on British history and achievements.
According to the Sunday Times, immigrants will also be told that “historically, the UK is a Christian country”.
The paper says immigrants will also have to learn the first verse of the national anthem before they can become UK citizens.
Mrs May is understood to have scrapped sections of the test which dealt with claiming benefits and the Human Rights Act.
The new handbook, expected to be issued in the autumn, will include sections on events such as the Battles of Hastings and Trafalgar, British inventions and discoveries.
The handbook is the basis of a 45-minute test which potential citizens can take at one of 90 centres around the UK.
– UKAsian Staff