Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives up US citizenship

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Friday, 10 February 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives up US citizenship


UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson relinquished his US citizenship last year, according to the United States Treasury Department's latest quarterly list released on Wednesday.

In 2015, the 52-year-old said he planned to give up his dual nationality for nationalistic reasons. He added his US passport was "an accident of birth" and that he had to "find a way of sorting it out" with then US ambassador Matthew Barzun.

"The reason I'm thinking I probably will want to make a change is that my commitment is, and always has been, to Britain," Johnson told the Sunday Times newspaper. "They (the Americans) don't make it easy for you.”

Britain's foreign ministry said London's former mayor renounced his US citizenship in early 2016, after which it took some time to be processed by the American system.

A shortened version of Johnson's full name, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, appeared on the US Treasury Department list of 5,411 people who gave up their American citizenship in 2016.

After selling his house in north London in 2015, Johnson settled a capital gains tax bill sent by the United States. The minister called the tax requirement "absolutely outrageous," as he had not lived in the country since he was 5 years old. The United States is one of the only countries to tax citizens who live overseas on their worldwide income.

The flamboyant political figure was appointed foreign secretary last July, shortly after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Although Johnson accused Donald Trump of "being out of his mind” at the beginning of his presidential campaign in 2015,the foreign secretary quickly adjusted his outlook after President's Trump's election late last year, saying "there's a lot to be positive about.”


from mem/rt (AFP, AP, dpa)
m.dw.com


*Are you kidding me?5,411 people gave up their American citizenship in 2016?.


25 comments:

LEE70 said...

Even useless nigerian politicians will never ever give up their u.s citizen. Because when trouble starts they have a place to run and hide.

Monkeynofine said...

Minus one .... E no change the price of kerosene for Nigeria😯

Anonymous said...

Who them do? Becos of Trump wey go soon rule comot. Stupidity to me

Anonymous said...

Its foolish to me. Why go tru such process? Trump that will rule and leave

Pipi Lee said...

Imagine that outrageous tax!!!
Wow!

Lizzy Joseph said...

Bye bye to them all.who cares?

AGELESS T said...

He should give me this citizenship now? Chai!

Miss Ess said...

What level of loyalty and honesty is this?

KIDJO said...

wow! wow!! wow!!!.Are you kidding me? Citizenship that people are looking for.Abeg just dash me the citizenship next time ok.

iam Owen said...

Stella why are u surprised ni... am part of dat figure nah... gave up my US citizenship too... like who US citizenship epp Biko..... *****waiting for d bashing from fellow bvs lol.... lemme wake up from my dream jor *****

Jasmine said...

Boris is even supposed to give up his American citizenship abeg. Don't be greedy. Only u get Britain and American citizenship? Hian!!!

Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

It is better, they should give up jare.

Is it possible to collect their american citizenship cards? I need one

Ehi Grace said...

Wish Boris was still Mayor. Don't understand this Mr Khan

Anonymous said...

Yes, Stella. A lot of Americans are giving up their American citizenship because of the tax (FATCA) requirement.

Anonymous said...

It's like u didn't read the article. Olodo

Anonymous said...

What I know about this stuff is limited but it may shed some light.
So these people give up citizenship and become us nationals . It means they are entitled to a lot of the privileges of a citizen but they are not taxed and they cannot vote. They can conduct business and live legally in the USA...there are other aspects to it though.

Anonymous said...

As a US citizen or PR, you are expected to pay tax to the US no matter where you live in the world and the tax percentage can be outrageous. Quite a number of people working and living abroad renounce to avoid losing almost half their earning once they have alternative citizenship.

reemah said...

Really? Thanks for explaining.

reemah said...

Really? Thanks for explaining.

Anonymous said...

The effects of aiming LOWER than the ground...it has ravaged your mindset

Chidinma Grace said...

Now I understand

Let me come and be going, jare said...

Boris Johnson "flamboyant"?? A description most silly in its error.

Anonymous said...

You guys are idiots, did you read the post at all? Let me copy and paste the main reason why he gave up his US citizenship so you goats can always reason before typing with your itchy hands.

"After selling his house in north London in 2015, Johnson settled a capital gains tax bill sent by the United States. The minister called the tax requirement "absolutely outrageous," as he had not lived in the country since he was 5 years old. The United States is one of the only countries to tax citizens who live overseas on their worldwide income".

Hope say you go fit think now.
Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeew

Anonymous said...

Did you read the post at all?

"After selling his house in north London in 2015, Johnson settled a capital gains tax bill sent by the United States. The minister called the tax requirement "absolutely outrageous," as he had not lived in the country since he was 5 years old. The United States is one of the only countries to tax citizens who live overseas on their worldwide income".

Always reason before you talk kk?

Anonymous said...

And what's wrong with having dual citizenship, people wey get like 5 nko?

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