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Brexit: Boris Johnson's father 'applies for French passport'

independent.co.uk

Boris Johnson 's father is in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with Europe after Brexit . Stanley Johnson , a former MEP who voted Remain in the referendum, has requested to become a French citizen as his mother Irene was born in Versailles. The move was revealed by the prime minister's sister Rachel, an ardent Europhile, in her new book, Rake's Progress .Sharing the full story, not just the headlinesMs Johnson said that her father is “en route to becoming a French citizen, as his mother had been born in Versailles and his grandmother had been in Paris”.She added: “This is good news — I might be able to become French too.”A source close to the family told Th...

‘We are in serious trouble’: The other crisis – our food supply | Environment

theguardian.com

Tim Lang, Britain’s leading expert on food policy, says we already faced a challenge unmatched since the war. And things just got worse…. T im Lang likes to take the long view. A conversation with the internationally renowned professor of food policy at London’s City University will roam in detail from the repeal of the Corn Laws, through Brexit and back again, the narrative seasoned with detailed facts and figures. It’s why he has been a consultant to the World Health Organization, special adviser to four House of Commons select committee inquiries and a food policy adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. So when he says in his new book, Feeding Britain , that, “a...

Farmers call for 'land army' to sustain UK food production during coronavirus crisis | Environment

theguardian.com

Leaders and unions concerned about acute labour shortage suggest retraining those put out of work. Farming leaders have raised concerns about a lack of available labour because of the coronavirus, with one calling for a “land army” to be recruited from people put out of work by the crisis. Restrictions in place because of the virus are likely to prevent many of the 60,000 seasonal labourers who come to the UK each year to work on farms from travelling, and the supply of domestic workers is also expected to be reduced. Farmers in many parts of the country are already struggling after months of severe floods, and the supply of seasonal workers was already in doubt because of Brexit. The Countr...