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US News'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit

15:10  16 may  2019
15:10  16 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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' Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids ': Contender for EU ' s top job likens UK to blood - soaked hit show Arguing for EU he said: 'Look at what the divisiveness of Brexit has done to UK '. Talks with Labour on a compromise to deliver Brexit have also seemingly stalled as the party demands a

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A contender for the EU's top job has mocked British politics as 'Game of Thrones on steroids' amid the Brexit crisis.

Frans Timmermans, currently the commission vice-president, delivered the jibe as he made his pitch to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker this summer.

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But the reference to the hit show, in which cities are laid to waste and an army of the undead threatens to wipe out humanity, could further heighten tensions with the UK. 'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Frans Timmermans, currently the commission vice-president, delivered the jibe as he made his pitch to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker this summer

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He said the Brexit chaos in the UK should be a warning to other countries tempted to try to break away from the bloc.

The sniping came as Theresa May desperately scrambles to find a way through the stand-off at Westminster.

The PM has announced she will try to force a Withdrawal Bill through Parliament next month - despite her deal already being voted down by MPs three times. 'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Timmermans is known GoT fan but comparing the chaos caused by Daenerys Targaryen in Westeros to Theresa May's plight in Westminster has caused some disquiet

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Ms Vestager, is aiming to be the first woman to lead the commission. 'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Timmermans is known GoT fan but comparing the chaos caused by Daenerys Targaryen in Westeros to Theresa May's plight in Westminster has caused some disquiet

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'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In Game of Thrones (pictured) cities are laid to waste and an army of the undead threatens to wipe out humanity

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Asked if the new vote would be considered a ‘confidence vote’ for Mrs May, a No 10 source said: ‘That’s not the world we are currently in but clearly the significance of this legislation can’t – and I suspect won’t – be underestimated.’ 'Britain is Game of Thrones on steroids': Contender for EU's top job likens UK to blood-soaked hit show as he mocks efforts to deliver Brexit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, kisses the head of his First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans, who is one of the favourites to replace him

Mr Barclay told MPs the deal negotiated by Mrs May with Brussels would be ‘dead’ if MPs rejected it again, raising questions about whether the UK would ever leave the EU.

Dr Fox, meanwhile, told an event in London: ‘MPs will have to look and see if they want to continue down a path that inexorably takes us to either the potential revocation of Article 50 or leaving without a deal, and ask themselves if that’s the best course democratically or economically for the UK. MPs will have to face that decision.’

Last night Eurosceptic MPs were lobbying members of the 1922 Committee’s 18-strong executive to ignore Mrs May’s pleas and pull the plug on her today.

Whatever happens now, Nigel Farage has already won.
The voting is over, the leaflets, the hustings, the campaigns, such as they were, have already ceased. We won't know the results of the European elections until Sunday but without a single vote being counted, without a single seat taken up by a Brexiter behind, Farage has already won. For a start his electoral success has set the seal on Theresa May's departure. Despite repeated calamity, May seemed curiously inured from revolt, partly because Conservative poll numbers remained oddly robust. So long as Conservative MPs felt reasonably safe in their seats, their indulgence of the beleaguered leader prevailed.

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