The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated he’s within the means of applying 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, advised RTL radio he needed to change into 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 80-year-old Mr 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 stated Britain can "prosper mightily" as a completely sovereign nation exterior what he sees as a very bureaucratic EU.
But yesterday, the prime minister sounded a extra conciliatory notice as parliament accredited a brand new commerce cope with 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."
Mr Johnson stated the future of the UK now lies firmly in its folks's fingers.
He stated his authorities would tackle the obligation "with a sense of purpose and with the interests of the British public at the heart of everything" it does.
The United Kingdom formally leaves the EU's orbit tonight, after an usually strained 48-year liaison with the European undertaking.
based mostly on web site supplies www.rte.ie