Senate president Stephen Parry has sensationally quit the upper house after advice from the British Home Office that he was a dual citizen.

In a major blow to the Turnbull government, Senator Parry said he would quit immediately and clear the way for a replacement to be named.

His successor is likely to be Richard Colbeck, a former tourism minister under Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull who lost his seat in the 2016 poll.

The decision to quit comes just a day after Senator Parry revealed he may be facing constitutional issues and raises questions about why he had not previously come forward to reveal his concerns that he may be a British citizen through his UK-born father.

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