UK politi­cian of­fends Le­banon with Brexit anal­ogy

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Sir Vince Ca­ble, the leader of the UK Lib­eral Democrats, was chas­tised by Le­banese politi­cians af­ter he made a com­ment com­par­ing UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tion po­si­tion to that of a hostage in Beirut.

In a com­ment to Buz­zFeed on Septem­ber 14, the pro-EU politi­cian said, “It’s a bit like be­ing hand­cuffed to a ra­di­a­tor in the base­ment of a flat in Beirut, and she is at the mercy of other peo­ple.” The com­ments sparked a back­lash in Le­banon from those an­gered by its out­dated im­age of the coun­try. Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Nadim Ge­mayel told the British press that it was re­gret­ful that so many con­tin­ued to see Le­banon as it was dur­ing its civil war. “Un­for­tu­nately, Le­banon has got­ten used to these out­dated stereo­types,” he said. “Those who’ve ac­tu­ally vis­ited Le­banon will re­alise how ridicu­lously far Sir Vince’s com­ments are from the truth.”

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