British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson hinted Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport so he can maintain his relationship with the European Union after Brexit transition period.
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Stanley Johnson who was a former member of the European Parliament voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum. He told RTL radio that his move to secure French citizenship was to enable him maintain strong family links to France.
“If I understand it correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was totally French as was her grandfather. So for me, it is about reclaiming what I already have. And that makes me very happy,” said Mr Johnson, 80, who spoke in French.
“I will always be a European, that’s for sure. One cannot tell the British people: you are not Europeans. Having a tie with the European Union is important,” he added.
His son, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was the public face of the Leave EU campaign in the 2016 referendum and he has executed the mission under his administration.
Boris says Britain can “prosper mightily” as a fully sovereign nation outside what he described as an overly bureaucratic European Union.
Although the prime minister on Wednesday sounded a more conciliatory note as parliament approved a new trade agreement for the UK and the EU relationship after the transition period, saying, “This is not the end of Britain as a European country. We are in many ways the quintessential European civilisation… and we will continue to be that.”
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The United Kingdom will officially exit the EU single market on Thursday night at 11 pm after 47-years relationship with the European Union.