Jean-Claude Juncker’s deputy compares post-Brexit trade ambitions to Monty Python – Telegraph.co.uk

Jean-Claude Juncker’s deputy compares post-Brexit trade ambitions to Monty Python – Telegraph.co.uk

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Mr Timmermans said, “To say that the whole of European Union is going to suffer terribly in the G20 because of Brexit is a bit rich frankly.

“Mr Finch really reminds me of a character created by John Cleese in Monty Python’s The Holy Grail; the Black Knight, who after being defeated terribly and having all of his limbs cut off, says to his opponent, ‘let’s call it a draw’”.

The former foreign minister of the Netherlands, who earlier boasted that the EU’s economy had “got its mojo back”, hit back even though the UKIP MEP for South East England had already left the debate.

“Mr Finch operates under the Farage doctrine here in the European Parliament, which is to make outrageous statements and then run away before anyone can react,” the socialist EU boss said.

Mr Timmermans insisted that he was a “great admirer of British culture” and that there were no plans to punish Britain for Brexit.

“I love the UK whether they are in the EU or not,” he said, “I think we are all under an economic, a political and, above all, a moral obligation to do the least harm possible in this Brexit process.” 

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