Thursday 19 July 2018

'I'm leaving UK to get away from Brexit lies,' says Cleese

John Cleese is moving to the Caribbean island of Nevis. Photo: PA
John Cleese is moving to the Caribbean island of Nevis. Photo: PA

Francesca Marshall

'Monty Python' comic John Cleese says he is moving to the Caribbean in November in protest at the "awful" debate on Brexit.

The 78-year-old told BBC2's 'Newsnight' that he now plans to relocate to the "gorgeous" island of Nevis - which has a population of just 11,000 - in the autumn.

"I'm leaving in November. I actually am leaving. I am making arrangements now," said the long-time Liberal Democrat supporter.

"I am so disappointed with so much about this country at the moment and I just think so much of this country is disappointing."

Cleese, who backed Leave in the 2016 EU referendum, went on to brand the standard of debate around Brexit "one of the most depressing things about this country".

"There were dreadful lies on the right about all the money that would come into the National Health Service," he said. "On the other hand, Remainers such as David Cameron and George Osborne used scare tactics.

"Very few people have any idea of what's actually going to happen. Why's everyone so passionate when they can't possibly know what the outcome is?" he asked.

He added that he has a "particular beef" with the "lying and triviality" of British newspapers.

He said he had spent time in Nevis earlier this year.

"I'm going to Nevis in the Caribbean where I spent January and February, where it's gorgeous. My wife loves it," he said.

"The Nevis newspaper is very good and I love it. It's one of the nicest islands I've ever been on."

The comedian also said "George W Bush voters" of the mid-West and south of America have "no sense of irony". Asked if he meant that they were a "bit thicker", he replied: "Yes."

Irish Independent

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