Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament, told French radio station RTL that he would „always be European” in an interview broadcast on Thursday.
„It’s not a matter of becoming French. If you understand correctly, I am French,” he told RTL in French, referring to his family’s connection to the country.
About the decision to acquire French citizenship, he said: „My mother was born in France, and her mother was French just as her grandfather was. So it is for me to regain what I already have.” „So I’m very happy.”
Britain officially leaves the single market and the European Union’s customs union when the transition period ends at 11 PM GMT (6 PM ET) on New Year’s Eve.
Stanley Johnson insisted that Brexit would not mark the end of European identity for him or the English people. Johnson told RTL: „I will always be a European, that’s for sure. Nobody can tell the English, ‘You are not a European.'”
„Europe is always more than the common market, it is more than the European Union,” he added. „But even so, yes, it is important to have such a link with the European Union.”
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