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The world’s media this morning seems very worried about Britain and Brexit

From Metro UK

Theresa May’s Brexit defeat in Parliament saw the UK make headlines around the world this morning – and it doesn’t make for pleasant reading.

The worldwide media were united in their condemnation and ridicule of the situation with many wondering just how long the Prime Minister can keep her job.

The European publications were particularly scathing, pointing out that the UK doesn’t seem to know what kind of relationship it wants with its neighbours.

Le Monde, ECON, El Norte de Castilla, Mindener Tageblatt and Le Soir all report on May’s defeat

In France, Le Monde branded the vote a ‘humiliating defeat’ which made Brexit ‘more uncertain than ever.’ The publication Liberation wondered why the PM had not resigned yet.

French European minister Nathalie Loiseau was widely quoted saying: ‘Since the beginning of the negotiations the British have said “We want to leave, we want to take back control, but we don’t want to lose any of the closeness of our relationship with you” and that’s quite complicated.’

In Spain El Pais described May’s loss as ‘crushing’ and Germany’ Der Spiegel asked ‘Must she go now?’ A commentator for Bild pulled no punches and they described the situation as ‘Brexshit’.

Belgium L’Echo’s headline is: ‘The shadow of a hard Brexit’ and La Libre Belgique pictured Westminster with the phrase ‘the jump into the void of the British parliament’.

El Norte de Castilla - Brexit reaction front page 16 January 2019 Spain
In Spain, Theresa May’s defeat was on the front page of El Norte de Castilla (Picture: El Norte de Castilla)

In Russia several papers pointed to an impending political crisis in the UK and Pravda pointed out ‘countries are not lining up to do trade deals’ with a post-Brexit Britain.

In the Commonwealth, Jamaica’s newspapers did not hold back, The Gleaner said: ‘The defeat leaves May’s leadership wobbling. Britain is set for a disorderly exit with potentially tumultuous economic and social consequences.’

And the Observer called the scale of the defeat ‘shocking’.

In Sweden, the Svenska Dagbladet, described May’s ‘historic loss’ and the Dagens Nyheter pointed out that ‘after the historic setback – May’s fate can be decided today.’

In Denmark the national Jyllands-Posten paper said there was ‘maximum insecurity’ concerning Brexit.

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The New York Times repeated Mrs May’s warning before the vote that the decision will ‘set the future of our country for generations.’

The paper added: ‘Like most others, though, the prime minister had no easy answers about the way forward.’

Mindener Tageblatt - Brexit reaction 16 January 2019 front page GERMANY
Theresa May’s Commons defeat is front page news in Germany (Picture: Mindener Tageblatt)

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