The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared Brexit to the eternal torture of the Greek hero Prometheus during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday night in New York.
Johnson gave a speech which attracted the attention — as well as the laughter — of many of the delegates, as the controversial Prime Minister attempted to compare the Brexit chaos to the well-known Greek myth.
Known for his love for classical history and specifically for Greek mythology, Johnson analyzed the story of Prometheus during his speech, comparing it to the crisis the UK is experiencing due to its unsuccessful attempts to exit the European Union.
”When Prometheus brought fire to mankind in a tube of fennel, with his brother Epimethius, Zeus punished him by chaining him to a Tartarian crag, while his liver was pecked out by an eagle, and every time his liver regrew, the eagle came back and pecked it again,” Johnson related to the officials.
”This went on forever,” the British leader added, saying that this is ”a bit like the experience of Brexit in the UK.”
Johnson compared those who oppose Brexit and want the UK to remain inside the EU to Zeus because they torture those who voted to leave in the same way that Zeus tortured Prometheus.
The British PM’s speech came only a few hours after the historic decision of the UK Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled his decision to prorogue (shut down) the British Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline on October 31 as unlawful and void.
Johnson was also found to have misled the Queen, which united the entire opposition of the UK to demand the Prime Minister’s immediate resignation.