"Brits to drop into deep, black hole!"

The trashing of the exit deal negotiated between the EU and the British government by the Westminster parliament concentrates the minds of Flemish editorialists.  Flemish papers struggle to see a way out of the quagmire: fresh elections are an option for some, while others believe chaos will ensue no matter what.  All Flemish newspapers agree: "Brits are hopelessly divided."

De Standaard believes that whatever happens chaos will be our lot.  A new plan could be on the table or the government could fall, but no scenario points to an orderly exit being found.  The fear is that Britons need to witness the precise ramifications of their choice before common sense can kick in.

The financial daily De Tijd is convinced PM May is not for quitting.  May will win a no-confidence vote and a palace revolution is not on the cards.  A lot of creativity will be needed and UK politicians will have to get out of the crisis by themselves.  The road is open for a hard Brexit without any agreement.  EU policymakers should prepare for this.

Het Nieuwsblad homes in on the unprecedented divisions among Conservative politicians.  Some voted down the deal because it didn't go far enough, others because it went too far.  Chances of a No Deal Brexit have increased.  Britons will then fall into a deep, black hole and pull the EU along with it. Susceptibility for nostalgia finished off the Brits.  UK citizens will pay the price.

Left-leaning De Morgen argues that Labour leader Corbyn should force an election in response to what is called Theresa May's squabble cabinet.  De Morgen fancies a general election and a new referendum with the question: are you for or against pursuing Brexit?

Het Belang van Limburg writes that Britons have made clear what they do not wish, but it's highly unclear what they do wish. There is no majority in parliament for anything: an agreement, remaining in the EU or a second referendum.  Damage has already been done: there is serious economic and social damage on both sides of the English Channel.  We look at Hungary, Poland and Italy when we talk about populism, but the most alarming example of what populism can do, is to be seen across the water.

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