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Monty Python star John Cleese savages Brussels and praises Brexit vote

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Comedy icon John Cleese has backed Brexit saying he does not want to see Britain ruled by Eurocrats.

The Monty Python star said it would be five years before the full outcome becomes clear but thinks the decision to leave the European Union was the correct one.

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Mr Cleese was speaking at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which he is attending this week to accept the festival’s top prize, the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

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He said: “I don’t want to be run by a bunch of European bureaucrats because they always look after themselves first.

“It will be five years before we know if it was a good thing or a bad thing, or if it will be a hard of soft exit.”

Mr Cleese declared his support for Brexit last year when he told the Radio Times he was “delighted” the bleak prophecies of post-Brexit Britain had failed to materialise.

The Fawlty Towers legend said the events of 2017 highlighted the need for comedy.

He said: “In world history, we have never needed comedians more.

Comedy is a wonderful way to get through difficult situations.”

Mr Cleese will next be seen in BBC series Edith alongside Alison Steadman despite insisting he would never work with the corporation again.

He said that the quality of the script from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown had forced him to changed his mind.

However, he told Screen Daily he now preferred writing and is currently working on his second autobiography.

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