The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is applying for a French passport to maintain ties with the European Union after Brexit.
Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted to keep the referendum, told RTL radio that he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family ties with France.
“If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was entirely French, as was her grandfather. So for me, it’s about rebuilding my own. And that makes me very happy,” he told. French 80-year-old Johnson.
“I will always be a European, that’s for sure. The British people cannot be told: you are not Europeans. It is important to have ties with the European Union,” he added.
His son Boris was one of the faces of the campaign to leave in 2016 and says Britain can “thrive” as a fully sovereign state.
The prime minister sounded more resigned on Wednesday when parliament approved a new trade deal with the EU, saying: “This is not the end of Britain as a European country. We are in many ways the typical European civilization … and will continue to be. “