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There Is One Person Guaranteed To Be Laughing At Barnaby Joyce's Citizenship Ruling

It's not Barnaby.

27/10/2017 5:34 PM AEDT
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Only one of these people will be happy about today's High Court citizenship ruling.

SYDNEY -- If there's one thing you can count on now that Barnaby Joyce has been ruled ineligible to serve in the Federal Parliament it's that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, somewhere in the world, are probably smiling right now.

The election of Australia's now former Deputy Prime Minister, Joyce, was found to be invalid on Friday after the High Court of Australia deemed him to be a New Zealand citizen and therefore unable to represent the Coalition Government under Section 44 of the Constitution.

If you've not been following this ongoing saga, Joyce has been at the forefront of a long-running feud with Depp and Heard after the pair smuggled their terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia on a private jet.

Joyce threatened the dogs with execution; Depp called Joyce "inbred with a tomato"; Joyce made his own tomato jokes; Depp and Heard were forced to make an insane apology video; Joyce then claimed Depp might be open to perjury charges.

Heard then eventually hit back at Joyce with some gleefully gloating tweets once it came to light that his citizenship status had been thrown into doubt in August.

While the tweets were aimed at Joyce's links to New Zealand, they also seemed to refer to a press conference given by the former Deputy Prime Minister at the beginning of this running battle.

"If we start letting movie stars, even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice, to come into our nation, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody?" he said at the time.

"It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."

And while both Depp and Heard are yet to comment since the High Court ruling on Friday, it's probably a safe bet that a snide remark might just be on its way soon.

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