As Boris Johnson goes to war with Brussels over Brexit, his father Stanley becomes an EU national

Thursday, May 19, 2022 9:03 a.m.

Stanley Johnson would have become a French citizen

European media reports that Stanley Johnson, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has obtained French citizenship.

Johnson Sr received a French/EU passport after applying for citizenship in January 2021.

According to various media across the continent, including the Italian newspaper La Stampathe procedure for obtaining French nationality has been completed and Stanley Johnson has been confirmed as an EU national.

Johnson Sr, who has worked for the European project in Brussels in the past, reportedly said: “I will always be European”.

Remarkable timing

The timing is notable as Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that his government intended to introduce legislation “in the coming weeks to bring about changes to the [Northern Ireland] protocol”.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the Commons two days ago: ‘As the Prime Minister has said, our common goal must be to find a solution that commands the widest possible cross-community support for years to come and to protect the Belfast Good Friday Agreement in all its dimensions.

The bill will include “new measures” to protect the EU’s single market, including “tough penalties” for those who seek to “abuse the new system”, Truss said.

She told the Commons: ‘The bill will give the government the power to decide on tax and spending policies across the UK.

“It will address issues related to governance by bringing the protocol into line with international laws.

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Edward L. Robinett