Boris Johnson’s father is applying for an EU passport
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Boris Johnson's father Stanley is applying for a French passport to allow him to work and move freely throughout Europe after Brexit.
Johnson, a former Remainer who went on to back Brexit, has applied to become a French citizen because his mother was born in the country.
The revelation came in the new book of Rachel Johnson - Rake's Progress - where she revealed her father is 'en route to becoming a French citizen, as his mother had been born in Versailles and his grandmother had been in Paris'.
The pro-European sibling of the prime minister added: 'This is good news — I might be able to become French too.'
It means Boris Johnson ould also in theory apply for EU citizenship, making them the latest family of a Brexiteer to retain EU citizenship after Nigel Farage did something similar.
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The Sunday Times reports that Stanley Johnson applied so his grandchildren can work and live in the EU after Brexit.
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Last year he appeared to be considering the plan. He said: 'It's a nice thought. These things are always among the options — members of my family might be [interested].'
Stanley Johnson backed Remain in the EU referendum but changed course in 2017 claiming 'the time has come to bail out'.
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