Updated January 1, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
- Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson wants a connection to the EU even after Brexit.
- That is why he applies for French citizenship.
- “If I understand correctly, I’m French,” he says.
In view of the final completion of the Brexit, which was largely driven by his son, Boris Johnson’s father wants to apply for French citizenship.
By doing this he wanted one personal “connection” to the European Union received, said Stanley Johnson on Thursday the French radio station RTL. “I will always be a European, that’s for sure.”
“It’s not about becoming French. If I understand correctly, I’m French,” said the 80-year-old in the radio interview he conducted in French. “My mother was born in France, her mother was completely French and so was her grandfather.”
Stanley Johnson’s push sparked criticism and amusement
The announcement by Stanley Johnson caused criticism and amusement among British and EU citizens. The 80-year-old proves himself by applying for an EU passport personal benefitssaid Chris Rennard, a member of the UK House of Lords. “This is something that his son Boris withheld from 67 million British citizens today,” added Rennard.
The Irish MEP Billy Kelleher brought Johnson’s decision in connection with the Erasmus exchange program, in which Great Britain no longer takes part. “While Mr Stanley Johnson is enjoying a glass of wine in France, British students will no longer be able to study there,” he wrote on the short message service Twitter.
“Liberation”: family drama about the Brexit deal
The French newspaper “Liberation” humorously described the announcement as “a family drama to conclude the last episode of the good old Brexit saga”.
Stanley Johnson was one of the first British officials in Brussels, a member of the European Parliament and the EU Commission. Until 2016 he was a strict opponent of Brexit, but then turned around.
Great Britain’s exit from the EU was largely driven by his son, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Stanley Johnson made a statement immediately before the UK left the EU internal market and the customs union on Friday night, which marks the end of the post-Brexit transition period. (afp / ank)
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