Brexit: ‘Has Monty Python taken over?’ – what the world press thinks

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Newspapers round the globe try daily to elucidate Brexit information to their readers. But what is the broader notion of the United Kingdom in the international media?

“Britain has never had a proper, written constitution, a matter of some pride to Britons,” writes Benjamin Mueller in the New York Times.

“While Americans haggle over their guidelines, British politics runs on an evolving array of legal guidelines and practices, refereed by the so-known as good chaps in authorities, with their impeccable sense of honest play. But widespread religion in that method was severely shaken this previous week,” he says, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament.

“And that first shock was followed by a second, perhaps even more startling realisation: once someone starts kicking aside the conventions and customs that shape British democracy, there are surprisingly few hard and fast checks on executive authority.”

For Canada’s Globe and Mail, “British politics at the moment is what outcomes from the collision of an unstoppable power, an immovable object and a clown car.”

It says the unstoppable power is the dominant no-deal faction of the Conservative Party. “The immovable object is reality – the reality that a no-deal Brexit will play havoc with the economy and hurt real people; the reality that a majority of parliament and the people will not back it… And the clown car is Mr Johnson.”

Mexico’s Excelsior carries an opinion column headlined “It is the time of the widespread folks“. Columnist Max Cortazar says the scenario has reached the level the place it’s now not viable to imagine the present management in the United Kingdom will defend democratic values.

‘Like the collapse of the British empire’

In Turkey, the professional-authorities Sabah newspaper sees a marked and harmful decline in Britain’s worldwide popularity.

“With the Brexit course of, Great Britain has began to venture a picture of an ‘unsuccessful state’ in each respect,” Bercan Tutar writes. “The Brexit process will inevitably turn into Great Britain’s demise.”

Al-Dostour, a mainstream newspaper in Egypt, sees the United Kingdom on the brink of collapse, warning the consequence of Brexit could also be the “largest political defeat in the historical past of the kingdom since the collapse of the British Empire”.

Iranian hardline paper Resalat says the authorities are scheming to “overturn” the results of the 2016 vote, and a second referendum would “elevate critical questions on democracy in Britain and Europe“.

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Image caption Russian paper asks: “Has Monty Python taken over Westminster?”

Closer to house, the Irish Times checked out the UK’s worldwide popularity and requested “How far can Britain fall?”

“The Brexit debacle has already left the nation bitterly divided, its parliament paralysed, its affect diminished and its popularity shattered.”

Belgium’s Flemish public broadcaster VRT believes “the United Kingdom has gone topsy-turvy“. It says “centuries-old traditions and agreements are being abandoned”.

In Spain there is a concentrate on the British abroad territory of Gibraltar. Popular each day ABC eyes attainable losses for Gibraltar’s financial system, quoting a authorities report warning of the influence of longer ready hours on the border.

Commentator Alain Frachon in France’s Le Monde says of the British, “pragmatism was a part of their nationwide heritage – like consultant democracy, Wimbledon and fish and chips“.

“In British cousins, we admired the inverse our French passions,” he says, warning of “the delirium of ideology maintained in a climate of permanent civil war”.

Czech centre-proper each day Lidove Noviny wonders “what has grow to be of a rustic which was once a mannequin for the rule of legislation, rationality and wholesome scepticism?

Hungary’s Magyar Nemzet, which backs populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, declares bluntly: “The fish stinks from the head – the crisis that has been plaguing Britain for three years can be summed up in this very short sentence.”

The paper says since 2016, the UK has been locked in a stalemate. “The politicians themselves have pushed the inhabitants right into a maze, however no exit has but been discovered. The fundamental, insoluble dilemma is that the folks need one factor whereas its elected representatives need one thing else.”

‘Coming aside at the seams’

The New Zealand Herald runs Australian commentator Joe Hildebrand’s stinging critique of Boris Johnson’s opponents. He decries what he calls “the outrageously elitist attitude that the masses were not educated enough to know what they were voting for in the 2016 referendum and their error must be corrected by their intellectual betters”.

“Even Orwell himself would marvel that in 21st Century Britain, supposedly enlightened politicians are arguing that people should be able to vote any way they want as long as it’s the right one.”

Chinese media shops mock what they understand as Britain’s “so-called democracy”. The Global Times highlights professional-independence rallies in Wales and Scotland – in addition to considerations over Northern Ireland – to make their level that the United Kingdom is by no means united.

Under the headline “Farewell to Empire” in Russia’s Kommersant, Fyodor Lukyanov asks “certainly Monty Python’s Flying Circus has not landed in Westminster?

Lukyanov argues: “The system of elite rule in the United Kingdom in which democratic procedures formally legitimised the preservation of power within the right hands, is coming apart at the seams. The shock of Brexit may supply the shakeup needed to put it right. The nation is finally saying farewell to the empire on which the sun never set.”

BBC Monitoring reviews and analyses information from TV, radio, internet and print media round the world. You can observe BBC Monitoring on Twitter and Facebook.

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