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Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard spoke to guests Stanley Johnson, Jacqui Smith and Ian Dale in an impassioned debate on Friday.
Stanley, whose son is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sparked outrage when he confirmed he is applying for French citizenship now that Brexit has taken place.
Jacqui reminded him Boris was responsible for persuading many people to vote for Brexit, leaving us without free movement, but Stanley will not be affected by this.
"I’m rather pleased with the notion, I like the idea," said Stanley.
"My thought is that at this moment we certainly don’t need to be anti-European.
"This is a little, tiny gesture by me to build the bridge… faire le pont, I think you might say.
Kate Garraway scolded Stanley Johnson for being picture without a mask
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"I think [Boris] should be jolly pleased, his middle name… is after my French grandmother, as a matter of fact I think he’s lived most of his life as an American.
"He’s perfectly aware of this… it’s a nice idea.
"It’s taken about a year to gather all of these papers together, I’m rather pleased with the notion."
Jacqui Smith tore into Stanley Johnson over the result of Brexit
Stanley added: "There’s a little tiny gesture by me to build a bridge."
He also compared Boris to Churchill in 1940 for his response to the pandemic.
"He comes in – bang, bang, bang, bang bang, it reminds me a bit of Churchill in May 1940… I would say he is coming through this in fine style," he insisted.
"Perhaps in the nick of time, this country did get itself together, did get the vaccine back, and I’m starting to sound like Gavin Williamson now, but we were ahead of other countries here and I think we are in a very good position to come out of this crisis.
Stanley compared son Boris to Churchill in the wartime
Boris Johnson and father Stanley Johnson
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"The real crisis is how we deal with Europe… and far more how we deal with the climate change issue which is our main responsibility now.
“We have to have a good relationship with our former partners… I do think that Britain is well placed to follow that up."
Jacqui remarked: "Listen, I’m delighted Stanley you’re able to continue to get benefits of free movement across Europe.
"I’m sorry but because of the actions of your son, my sons aren't able to, and well done for giving a party political broadcast on behalf of your son.
"Because of your son, our country isn't in as good as it could be."
Meanwhile Kate called Stanley "naughty" for being pictured not wearing a face covering during the pandemic.
"Sometimes the mask slips," replied Stanley, before blaming his "big nose".
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am