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Sat Jan 2, 2021, 12:44 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's father reportedly seeks French citizenship

CALAIS, France — France’s government cast a favorable light Friday on a reported bid by the father of Britain’s prime minister to take up French nationality, saying it shows how attached Britons are to the European Union that they’re no longer part of.

Reports that Stanley Johnson, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is seeking to keep a foot in Europe by taking up French citizenship made headlines just as his son led Britain’s split Thursday from the EU. Britain left the European bloc’s vast single market for people, goods and services at 11 p.m. London time on New Year’s Eve.

Visiting Calais on Friday to inspect how the French port is adjusting post-Brexit, France’s minister for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, described the citizenship application as emblematic of enduring British sentiment for Europe.

“If Mr. Johnson’s father has a right to French nationality, wants to remain a European citizen and become a French citizen, then we will examine that,” he said. “To me, this is a wink, or a sign, that lots of British people, in different ways, still love Europe.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-01-01/france-praises-nationality-bid-by-british-leaders-dad

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TexasTowelie Jan 2021 OP
Historic NY Jan 2021 #1
OnDoutside Jan 2021 #3
Grokenstein Jan 2021 #2
OnDoutside Jan 2021 #4
T_i_B Jan 2021 #5
OnDoutside Jan 2021 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 03:01 AM

1. That ought to go over like a fart in Westminster.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 04:46 AM

3. A relative of mine used to work at the Passport office of the

Irish embassy in London, and they've been swamped by British people descended from Irish born parents or grandparents, applying for Irish passports, in order to secure an EU passport.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 04:19 AM

2. Priorities

If it were me, the first thing I'd focus on would be disowning Boris.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 04:49 AM

4. He's been as sly as his amoral son. He voted remain but kept his

mouth shut.

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Response to OnDoutside (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 12:37 PM

5. He's also repeatedly openly flouted lockdown rules

If I were the French government I would not be inclined to grant his request.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 2, 2021, 12:38 PM

6. Well said.

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