The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit. Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain's 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France. "I will always be a European, that's for sure. One cannot tell the British people: you are not Europeans. Having a tie with the European Union is important," said the 80-year-old Johnson. The United Kingdom officially leaves the EU's orbit on Thursday night, after an often strained 48-year liaison with the European project.