BRUSSELS – The date of Britain's departure from the European Union was apparently chiseled in stone – March 29, 2019. When it finally came without Brexit, Europeans could only shake their heads in frustrated disbelief. 19659002] They saw three years of resurgence on how Britain would leave the EU on its own terms, dissolving Friday with the last three votes in parliament, which did not endorse Prime Minister Theresa Mays divorce agreement, leaving an uncertain course.
"There was no game plan. Well, no strategy," Philippe Lamberts, a key member of the European Parliament's Brexit steering group, said about the British approach in an interview with The Associated Press.
Few in Britain would disagree.
For decades, the block was the target of ridicule in Britain for what was perceived as European hubris and an inefficient bureaucracy. But on Friday there was very little gloating on the continent when May couldn't get the deal through the British Parliament and sent London deeper into Brexit morass.
"We have resisted the temptation to position (EU) the Commission in terms of emotion," said EU spokesman Margaritis Schinas. "We don't."
The EU called another disaster meeting on April 1
The EU will not increase passion even more because it also suffers, with hundreds of billions of euros and tens of thousands of jobs at stake for a British exit without transitional measures in place.
"In Brexit, everyone loses," said Ewa Osniecka-Tamecka, a vice-principal of the European College, speaking at a branch in Natolin, Poland. "Brexit Reduces Both the EU and the United Kingdom"
There was frustration among EU officials who felt they and their star dealer Michel Barnier were doing their part, and Britain did not.
Even Nigel Farage, a British driver behind Brexit and credible EU adversary, has only admiration for Barnier, who held 27 nations in line with England, as one, crumbled in chaos.
"Oh, to do his job. Kindness love me. I want him to be on my team and not their team," said Farage, MEP, to the AP.
Nearly three years after June 23, 2016, Brexit's referendum, British government and parliament appear to be still lost over what they really want from the EU.
"Britain is in a dead end," said Nathalie Loiseau, the French Minister of Europe, until she stepped down this week to run the elections on 23-26. . "Europeans have different priorities than having to wait until Britain makes a decision."
Whatever is in tatters is a European admiration of Britain as a symbol of a well-run parliamentary democracy with its sometimes brilliant discourse and strong debate.
Lamberts said he was stunned by how corn conservative party as well as those in the Labor Party seemed to act in their own interest rather than the country's needs.
"It's the inability to build compromise" Lamberts said Manfred Weber, a European legislator from Germany and a candidate candidate to lead the European Commission, said the repeated rejection of the trade highlighted "a failure of the political class in the UK – There is no other way to describe it. "
Some saw Friday's events as another blow to Britain's international position.
"The British have given the world a great deal from modern parliamentarism to the world title in the discipline of" confusion ", wrote historian Michael Stuermer in a front-page commentary in the German daily Die Welt.
Now" the damage to The country's reputation is unmistakable. " ___
Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.