The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Thursday he was within the technique of making use of for a French passport to keep up his ties with the European Union after Brexit.
Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, instructed RTL radio he wished to grow to be a French citizen due to robust household hyperlinks 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,” stated the 80-year-old Johnson, who was talking 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 Boris was the general public face of the Leave marketing campaign within the 2016 referendum and says Britain can “prosper mightily” as a totally sovereign nation outdoors what he sees as an excessively bureaucratic EU.
But on Wednesday the prime minister sounded a extra concilatory notice as parliament authorized a brand new commerce take care of the EU, 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.”
The United Kingdom formally leaves the EU’s orbit on Thursday night time, after an usually strained 48-year liaison with the European undertaking.
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