Boris Johnson’s father Stanley becomes a French citizen

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Boris Johnson’s father Stanley says he has become a French national, telling a Belgium news website he wanted to keep “a link” with the EU after Brexit.

Mr Johnson, whose mother was French, told BFMTV getting citizenship was “something precious” and allowed him to “claim part of my identity”.

“I count myself once again as an EU member – that’s very good,” he added.

Unlike his son, who led the campaign to leave the EU, Mr Johnson voted Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

However, he later changed his mind, saying “the time has come to bail”.

Between 1979 and 1984, Mr Johnson was a member of the European Parliament representing Wight and Hampshire East.

Downing Street said his decision to accept French citizenship was “a personal matter for the prime minister’s father”.

Stanley Johnson announced he would be seeking French citizenship in December 2020 – a month before the UK fully left the EU.

The French Ministry of Justice has confirmed Mr Johnson acquired French nationality on Wednesday, having applied on 18 November 2021.

Photo – Stanley Johnson, father of Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

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