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Stanley Johnson, the father of the British chief executive, has taken steps to obtain French nationality and thus remain a European citizen, he said in an interview broadcast Thursday on RTL.
The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared on Thursday 31 December that he wanted to take French nationality and thus keep “a link” with the European Union (EU), while Brexit is about to materialize.
“If I understood correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was entirely French, also her grandfather”, explained Stanley Johnson, in French, on RTL radio.
“For me, it’s a question of claiming what I already have and therefore I’m very happy”, he added, thus ruling out any mood swings in reaction to Brexit that his son is piloting since July 2019 as Prime Minister.
Stanley Johnson was one of the first British civil servants in Brussels, a member of the European Parliament and of the Commission. First anti-Brexit in 2016, he turned his back on the following year.
“Europe is more than the European Union”
“I will always be European, that’s for sure. You can’t say to the English: ‘You are not European’. Europe is always more than the common market, it is more than the European Union, “he insisted.
“Having said that, yes, having a link like that with the European Union is important,” he also conceded, referring to the European passport.
His daughter, Rachel Johnson, had already hinted in March that he would begin this process after the UK left the EU. “It’s good news, I could become French too,” she said in a book.
After half a century of European integration and four and a half years of a Brexit saga with many twists and turns, the United Kingdom is living its last hours on Thursday to the rhythm of European rules.
At 11 p.m. local time and GMT (midnight in Brussels), marked by the gongs of Big Ben, Brexit will become reality for the country, which officially left the EU on January 31 but benefited from a transition period to cushion the shock .