Brexit: Boris Johnson’s father seeks French citizenship | Brexit Information

Stanley Johnson confirms the plan to pursue French citizenship as British freedom of movement in the EU comes to an end under the Brexit pact signed by his son.

On the day the UK breaks up with the European Union, the UK Prime Minister’s father said he was about to apply for a French passport.

Stanley Johnson, Boris Johnson’s father, is a former member of the European Parliament who voted to stay in the bloc in the 2016 UK EU referendum.

He told RTL Radio that he wanted to become a French citizen because of the strong family ties with France.

If his application is accepted, he will become a dual citizen and acquire a passport of an EU member state, which would bring him some travel benefits.

“If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was totally French, just like her grandfather. So for me it’s about getting back what I already have. And I’m very pleased, ”said Johnson, 80, who spoke French.

“I will always be a European, that’s for sure. One cannot tell the British people: they are not Europeans. It is important to have a connection with the European Union, ”he added.

His son Boris was the public face of the 2016 referendum vacation campaign, saying Britain can “thrive” as a fully sovereign nation outside of what he sees as the overly bureaucratic EU.

However, on Wednesday the Prime Minister took a more conciliatory note as Parliament approved a new trade deal with the EU, saying, “This is not the end of Britain as a European country. We are the epitome of European civilization in many ways … and we will continue to be. “

The UK officially exits orbit the EU Thursday night after establishing an often strained 48-year association with the European project.

With this move, the British will lose the automatic right to live and work in the 27 EU countries, but those with dual nationalities will still be able to do so.

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