Boris Johnson's father claims French citizenship to escape Brexit

It might not be the best endorsement of Boris Johnson's post-Brexit deal with the EU: Johnson's father, a former employee of the European Commission, is in the process of applying for a French passport in order to maintain his ties with the EU.

Stanley Johnson, also a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of 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 the 80-year-old Johnson, who was speaking 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.

Whilst this may appear to be an embarrassment to the prime minister, Boris Johnson is not known to be particularly interested in public opinion.

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