Boris Johnson officially gives up U.S. citizenship

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his US citizenship, according to a list released Wednesday by the Treasury Department.

The Treasury Department list includes the names of all people who renounced USA citizenship or long-term permanent residency in the latest quarter.

Johnson has called his former dual British-American nationality an accident of birth - his parents were living in New York City at the time.

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The Foreign Secretary announced he planned to hand back his USA passport while he was London mayor and began the process more than a year ago.

American citizens have to pay capital gains tax on overseas transactions, and he was said to have been charged up to £100,000 after selling a house in London.

In 2006, Johnson wrote on his blog, "After 42 happy years I am getting a divorce from America".

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The flamboyant British politician has said he meant to cut those US ties.

Asked at the time whether he would settle the bill, Mr Johnson was quoted as saying: "No, is the answer".

The leading figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, however, later renewed his US passport, according to The Washington Post.

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Johnson comes under the name Alexander Boris Johnson on the list - his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

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