BRUSSELS – The timing of Britain's exit from the European Union was apparently set in stone – March 29, 2019. When it finally arrived without Brexit, Europeans could only shake their heads in frustrated disbelief. 19659002] They saw three years of departure for how Britain would leave the EU on its own terms. On Friday, the last three votes dissolved in Parliament, which had not agreed to the divorce agreement of Prime Minister Theresa May and left an uncertain course.
"There was no game plan here, well, no strategy," said Philippe Lamberts, a key member of the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group, in an interview with The Associated Press on the British approach.
Few in Britain would disagree.
The block was for decades the target of ridicule in the UK for what was perceived as European hubris and inefficient bureaucracy. But on Friday, there was very little commotion on the continent when May failed to make the deal through the British parliament and sent London deeper into the Brexit quagmire.
"We resisted the temptation to position the (EU) Commission of sentiments," said EU spokesman Margaritis Schinas. "We do not do that."
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The EU does not want to inflame passions any more, as it is also suffering, with hundreds of billions of euros and tens of thousands of jobs, in leaving Britain without transitional measures.
"Everyone loses Brexit," said Ewa Osniecka-Tamecka, vice rector of the Europe College, at a Polish branch in Natolin. "Brexit reduces both the EU and the UK"
EU officials were frustrated, feeling that they and their star negotiator Michel Barnier had done their part, and not the UK.
Even Nigel Farage, a British driving force behind Brexit and a staunch opponent of the EU, has nothing but admiration for Barnier, who has held 27 nations together as a unit, while the UK has collapsed as one in chaos.
"Oh, as far as his job is concerned, kindness, look, you know, I wish he was in my team and not in their team," said Farage, a member of the European Parliament, to the AP.
Nearly three years after June 23, 2016, the British Brexit referendum, the British government, and the British parliament appear to be "Britain is at an impasse," said Nathalie Loiseau, France's European Affairs Minister, until she resigned this week and ran in the EU elections from 23 to 26 May. "The Europeans have other priorities than having to wait for the United Kingdom to make a decision."
What is also in ruins is a European admiration of Britain as a symbol of a well-run parliamentary democracy with sometimes brilliant discourse and heated debate.
Lamberts said he was taken aback by how the May Conservative Party and the Labor Party seemed to be acting in their own best interests, not the needs of the country.
"It is the inability to compromise". Said Lamberts. "That's it, party over country, in the most brutal sense of the word."
Manfred Weber, a European legislator from Germany and center-right candidate of the EU Commission, said the repeated rejection of the agreement emphasizes "a failure of the political class in Britain – there is no other way to describe it.
Some events saw another blow to Britain's international standing in the events of Friday.
"The British have given the world a lot out of modern parliamentarism Historian Michael Stuermer wrote in a commentary on the front page of the German daily newspaper" Die Welt "
" The World Champion "in the Discipline Discipline Damage to the country's reputation unmistakable "[19659003″] ___
Associated Press writers Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to it.