Since the start of 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer officially part of the European Union, thus completing its historic break after 47 years of an eventful union. Interviewed by RTL, Stanley Johnson said he wanted to take on French nationality to keep “a link” with the European Union.
With the outcome of Brexit, the United Kingdom ceases to apply EU rules, leaving the single market and the customs union. In this context, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he wanted to take on French nationality and thus keep “a link” with the European Union.
“It’s not a question of becoming French. If I understood correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France. His mother was entirely French, and so was his grandfather. So for me, it’s a matter of reclaiming what I already have. Therefore, I am very happy,” Stanley Johnson told RTL.
He added: “I will always be European, that’s for sure. You cannot say to the English ‘You are not European’. Europe is always more than the Common Market, it is more than the European Union.”
In an editorial published in the Daily Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the great architect of Brexit, for his part assured that 2021 would be “a year of change and hope”, praising the free trade agreement concluded before Christmas with Brussels.
But as regional French daily Ouest-France reported, the EU has offered the UK duty-free and quota-free access to its market of 450 million consumers. To avoid any unfair competition however, sanctions and compensatory measures will come into force in the event of non-compliance with its rules on state aid, the environment, labor law and taxation.
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