British Twitter users hoped Prime Minister Theresa May would invoke Hugh Grant in the movie Love Actually and push back harder against President Donald Trump than she seems to have so far in their negotiations.
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May, who hosted Trump for dinner on Thursday at Blenheim Palace and met with him at the Chequers estate Friday, has not appeared to fight him after he undermined her stance on Brexit, Britain’s impending withdrawal from the European Union.
In an interview with The Sun on Friday, Trump said May ignored his advice by going for a softer Brexit, and in turn may have hurt trade deals in the future with the U.S.
“The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on. It was not the deal that was in the referendum,” Trump said. “I have just been hearing this over the last three days. I know they have had a lot of resignations. So a lot of people don’t like it.”
Among the Twitter users who weighed in was political scientist Brian Klaas.
“A lot of Brits waking up this morning to Trump’s Sun interview and hoping Theresa May steals a few lines from Hugh Grant in Love Actually, calling the American president a bully and then doing this…” he tweeted, along with a GIF of Grant doing a dance.
In the 2003 movie, Grant plays a British prime minister who hosts an American president, portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, and fires back when asked about the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the U.S. during a press conference.
“I fear that this has become a bad relationship—a relationship based on the president taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, um, Britain,” Grant says in the film.
“We may be a small country, but we’re a great one too,” he continues. “A friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I should be prepared to be much stronger. And the president should be prepared for that.”
The editor-in-chief of the British independent media outlet The Canary, Kerry-Anne Mendoza, tweeted a GIF of the “We may be a small country, but we’re a great one too” quote.
“If we’d elected Jeremy Corbyn last year, we’d be getting our Love Actually moment right now,” she tweeted. “Instead, Trump baby is getting his ego fondled by Theresa the Appeaser. We may get a do-over soon. Don’t make the same mistake twice Britain.”
A poll on Thursday conducted by YouGov for ITV Tonight showed that only 22 percent of the British public have confidence in May’s ability to negotiate with Trump, while 69 percent did not have confidence in her.