German paper mocks 'der Englische' with savage cartoon
A German political cartoon has bodied the UK government's approach to Brexit and with it the entire country.
'Der Englische Patient,' a reference to the nine-time Oscar-winning film The English Patient, depicts a man charging his head into a brick wall, arse aloft.
Meanwhile, a nurse holds open a door bearing a sign simply reading 'EU.'
It is of little surprise that the UK is the object of such derision but the imagery here is particularly brutal, and yet it should come as no real surprise.
Talks between the Labour party and Theresa May's Conservative government have broken down. Cross-party talks that should have happened more than two years ago.
Instead the prime minister threw away her majority, hamstringing her vision of a hard Brexit from the get go. Her draft withdrawal agreement crushed three times in the House of Commons, by colossal and historic margins, as a result.
Parliament opted to seize control of Commons business and hold a series of indicative votes, looking for a compromise option to beat the deadlock. As yet, nothing from no deal to a second referendum has been able to carry a majority.
And that's just the last three months.
The UK government has also been found in contempt of parliament. For the first time ever.
At present, the country is due to leave the EU on 12 April without any agreed deal.
They are now seeking an extension until the end of June and, therefore, could end up contesting the European elections on May 23.
And so they continued, arses aloft, ceaselessly ramming their heads into the Brexit brickwork.
— Jean Quatremer (@quatremer) April 5, 2019