Johnson, a former Member of the European Parliament, informed French radio station RTL he “will at all times be European” in an interview aired on Thursday.
“It isn’t a query of turning into French. If I understood accurately, I’m French,” he informed RTL in French, highlighting his household’s hyperlink with the nation.
“My mom was born in France, her mom was fully French as was her grandfather. So for me it is a query of reclaiming what I have already got,” he mentioned of the choice to develop into a French citizen. “Subsequently, I’m very pleased.”
Britain formally leaves the EU’s single market and customs union when the transition interval ends at 11 p.m. GMT (6 p.m. ET) on New 12 months’s Eve.
Stanley Johnson insisted that Brexit won’t mark the tip of European identification for him or the English folks. “I’ll at all times be European, that is for positive. One can not inform the English folks: ‘You are not European’,” Johnson informed RTL.
“Europe is at all times greater than the widespread market, it’s greater than the European Union,” he added. “However that being mentioned, sure, having such a hyperlink with the European Union is necessary.”