Brexit Britain is a ‘LAUGHING STOCK’: Europe’s press mock UK ‘turmoil’ over EU deal divide

European newspapers have said the Brexit crisis is turning Britain into a “worldwide mockery”. Austria’s Der Standard said: “Political weakness sometimes arouses pity, in the worst case contempt and ridicule. 

“What has been going on in the UK since the referendum in June 2016 makes this great democracy a laughing stock.

“Because of the failure of the weak and faltering Prime Minister Theresa May and her divided Conservative party, hopes for a regular Brexit were also gambled away.”

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Could, could, could, but right now the disunity in the UK, in the electorate population as well as in politics, is so great that they are getting further and further into an impasse and are turning into a mockery worldwide.”

Swedish media outlet Svenska Dagbladet added “every day has been a fateful day” in the Commons over the last few weeks.

The newspaper continued: “The authority of the Government has been pulverised. So far the Parliament could only agree on saying ‘no’.

“The exit was planned for the March 29, even days later there is no solution.”

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from her own party for asking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks to reach a Brexit compromise after her divorce deal was rejected three times.

Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the Prime Minister of planning to collaborate with a “known Marxist”.

And former foreign secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: “It is very disappointing that the cabinet has decided to entrust the final handling of Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

“It now seems all too likely that British trade policy and key law making powers will be handed over to Brussels – with no say for the U.K.”

Mrs May is sitting down with Mr Corbyn in the hope of agreeing a position which can get through the Commons ahead of next week’s EU summit.

She said: “I think we both want to deliver leaving the EU with a deal.

“I think we both want to protect jobs. I think we both want to ensure that we end free movement. I think we both recognise the importance of the Withdrawal Agreement.

“What we want to do now is find a way forward that can command the support of this House and deliver on Brexit, deliver on the result of the referendum and ensure that people can continue to have trust in their politicians doing what they ask us to do.”

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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