People applying for UK passports could be denied for being divorced or even just eccentric, a new report has found. The number of failed passport applications under the ‘good character’ clause set by the Home Office has doubled since 2012 as the government has made it harder to gain British citizenship. In 2016, ‘out of character’ was the cause given for 44% of all refusals, The Economist has found. Although there’s no definition of good character in the British Nationally Act 1981, the official guidelines from the Home Office includes ‘drinking or gambling and sexual preferences’ as possible conclusions of ‘bad character’. It states: ‘The decision maker should note that the following matters should not normally, of themselves, be relevant to assessing good character. ‘However, where there is evidence that a person has – by the scale and persistence of their behaviour – made themselves notorious in their local or the wider community, consideration should be given to refusal.'