UK PM Boris Johnson's father Stanley confirmed on Thursday that he was seeking French citizenship just when free movement of Britons was coming to an end thanks to Brexit deal delivered by his own son.
Also on Wednesday, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed the post-Brexit trade deal on behalf of the EU.
Hardline Brexiteers to back Boris Meanwhile, British newspaper, The Daily Mail, is reporting that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has persuaded Brexit hardliners in his Conservative Party to back the European Union trade deal in the Commons this week.
According to the BBC, the Queen gave the final approval just hours after Britain's Parliament voted resoundingly to back the deal, paving the way for an orderly break with the European Union that will finally complete the UK's long and divisive Brexit journey.
The elder Johnson, 80, is a former member of the European Parliament who backed remaining in the EU in Britain's 2016 membership referendum. Later in the day, Boris Johnson signed a partnership agreement as British lawmakers approved the deal.
Britain's long and sometimes acrimonious divorce from the European Union ended Thursday with an economic split that leaves the EU smaller and the United Kingdom freer but more isolated in a turbulent world.
Britain officially leaves the EU's single market and customs union at 6 p.m. ET - 11 p.m.in London - New Year's Eve.
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It has been four and a half years since Britain voted by a slim margin, 52% to 48%, to leave the bloc it joined in 1973.
Though the two parties have agreed on a deal for the divorce, London's massive financial services did not receive much attention.
"You can't tell the English: you're not European".
The UK has left the European Union's single market and customs union, ending almost half a century of often turbulent ties with its closest neighbours.
The prime minister, who was seeing in the new year with his immediate family at No 10, said he was confident that 2021 was the year when the United Kingdom will reach "the end of the journey" back to normal life after a 2020 blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Branches of European Union banks in London would have been particularly hit as the trade deal agreed by the European Union and Britain last week does not cover financial market access.
Johnson said it meant "a new stability and a new certainty" in a relationship that had been "fractious" between Britain and the EU.
"We figure it gives the country a week or so to get used to all of these new systems in and out, and we can have a look and hopefully resolve any issues in advance of actually sending our trucks", said the company's director, Rob Hollyman.