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    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte for a bilateral talks at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

    Dutch PM Drives Twitter Crazy Comparing May to Monty Python’s Limbless Knight

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    Amid the contentious Brexit talks, the UK prime minister who had stepped out to negotiate the terms of the divorce agreement with the EU has seen all kinds of criticism and insults sent her way. After the nebulous uproar, triggered by Jean-Claude Juncker, Mark Rutte has praised her efforts in a way that does not seem particularly flattering.

    Theresa May’s failure to get the Brexit deal draft through Parliament last week has prompted Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to vent his frustration over the deadlock with a reference to a scene from the iconic 1975 British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. What began as praise from a fellow government leader ended as mockery online.

    “Look, I have every respect for Theresa May. She reminds me occasionally of that character from Monty Python where all the arms and legs are cut off but he then tells the opponent: ‘Let’s call it a draw.’ She’s incredible. She goes on and on. At the same time, I do not blame her, but British politics”, Rutte told the Dutch broadcaster WNL.

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    He described the UK’s economic, financial,  and political position as “very bad,” but pointed out that it had brought everything down on its head on its own.

    “You can see what happens when a country puts everything on the roulette wheel and takes a risk, and the whole thing collapses. That is what is happening”, the politician noted.

    He also took aim at her political opponents, namely Labour and the Tory lawmakers in the European Research Group, putting their political gain above national interests, and said he could “get very angry about it”.

    “This is the only deal on the table. And then they say, yes, but we don’t want it because we found hair in the soup. Yes – but what is it you want? They ask for a postponement. Yes – but for how long and what do you want it for?” Rutte said.

    However, it was the comparison between May and the farcical but resilient character of the Black Knight that made Twitter’s day. 

    Some enjoyed the moment using an opportunity to reminisce about the best and most relatable moments of the legendary scene.

    ​Other comparisons poured in.

    ​Some took aim at her opponents as well.

    ​Some rushed to call dibs on it saying they noted the comparison first.


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