Johnson applying for French citizenship – father of British PM says mother born in France

The former MEP opposed the ‘leave’ campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum.

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Stanley Johnson.

As the UK celebrates its restored independence from the EU it looks that some high-profile figures are seeking citizenship of countries within the Union, one of the latest, it’s said, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Stanley Johnson, according to reports has announced that he’s applying for citizenship of France.

The 80-year-old author, a former MEP has been speaking on French radio about his family’s ties with République française, saying his mother was born in France with a French lineage extending back to her grandfather.

 He voted against the ‘leave’ campaign in the UK’s 2016 EU referendum.

Applications for Irish passports from UK citizens have soared from 7,372 in 2015 to 54,859 in 2019. 

UK passport holders will be subject to new EU restrictions after Britain formally withdraws from the bloc this evening.