John Cleese: Why I’m quitting the UK

The comedian said the standard of debate around Brexit had been ‘awful’

Comedian John Cleese said he is quitting Britain in November because he is “so disappointed” with the country.

The former Monty Python comic, who starred recently in Hold the Sunset, said his “particular beef” is with the British newspapers.

He revealed he was heading to the  “gorgeous” island of Nevis in the Caribbean.

He told BBC2’s Newsnight: “I’m leaving in November.

“I actually am leaving. I’m making arrangements now.

Monty Python photocall – London
John Cleese (second from left) with his Monty Python colleagues (Philip Toscano/PA)

John said he was “so disappointed with so much about this country at the moment”.

The press reform campaigner said he had tried to secure press reform and changes to the voting system but had failed so he was going to “try somewhere else”.

John said the standard of debate around Brexit had been “awful” and there had been “dreadful lies” by the right.

The comedian said the “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.”

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