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Theresa May said 'simples' for a BET - and her aide won a very posh prize; The Prime Minister faced widespread ridicule for co-opting the Meerkat catchphrase.

Byline: Mikey Smith

Theresa May impersonated a cartoon meerkat for a bet, it has emerged.

And one of her closest aides won tea at the Ritz in the bizarre wager.

Fielding questions in response to herBrexitstatement on Tuesday,Theresa Mayquoted Aleksandr Orlov, a CGI fictional anthropomorphic Russian meerkat who is used to advertise the comparison website Compare the Market.

She used the creature's catch phrase "simples" to describe avoiding "no deal" despite having spectacularly failed to avoid that scenario so far.

In fact the Treasury has already spent more than [pounds sterling]4bn planning for that outcome.

Brexit: Theresa May quotes cartoon meerkat to claim avoiding no deal is 'simples'

The PM was delivering a riposte to the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford who was expressing concern about the uncertainty the UK faces as it hurtles towards the Brexit.

And it has been revealed today that it was all because of a bet between Seema Kennedy, Mrs May's Parliamentary Private Secretary, and Tory MP Simon Hoare.

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According to the Mail on Sunday, Ms Kennedy bet her fellow Tory that she could get her boss to use the baffling catchphrase.

It's unclear if the Prime Minister was aware of the wager.

Tea at the Ritz starts from [pounds sterling]58 a head - or [pounds sterling]77 with a glass of Champagne.

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Date:Mar 3, 2019
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