British actor, comedian and screenwriter John Cleese has announced his intentions of migrating to Nevis, due to his disappointment with Britain.
The 78-year-old celebrity made this disclosure in an interview with BBC News Night this week.
Briefly, Cleese said the standard of the debate around Brexit is awful and added that he is fed up with the lying and triviality of British press surrounding the issue.
He expressed his disappointment that both proportional representation and the second phase of the Leveson inquiry into press standards had been “kicked out by rightwing governments”, adding: “I just thought to myself: ‘Right I’ll just give up and try somewhere else.’”
Saying his “particular beef” was with newspapers, Cleese showed Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis figures from an EU report that claimed the UK had the lowest level of trust in the printed media.
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, Cleese claimed.
“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.
Cleese said of Nevis: “It’s one of the nicest islands I’ve ever been on. The relationship between the races is absolutely superb. The people there are really kind.”
Cleese intends to travel to Nevis in November 2018.