Stanley Johnson, who voted against leaving the European Union in the UK’s Brexit referendum in 2016, wants to preserve his ties with the European Union by becoming French. A few months ago, Daughter Rachel wrote in a book that her father would take this step and were eligible to have it because his mother, Irene, was born in France. He has many French ancestors. “For me it is about asking what I actually have,” Johnson said in French.
He emphasized that his efforts did not indicate any rift with his son Boris, who had led the UK to European exit in recent months. “I will always be European for sure. You cannot tell the British that they are not European. It is important for me to have a connection with the European Union.”
His son Boris was the face of the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union as it would greatly benefit the sovereign UK. When the British Parliament approved a last-minute trade deal with the European Union on Wednesday, the prime minister spoke conciliatory words to Europe. “This is not the end of Britain as a European country. We are and will remain the core European civilization in many ways.”