This week, the eyes of the world turned to Britain, hoping to glimpse at least the skeleton of a plan for a future outside the EU.
Instead, they saw both the government and the opposition descend into a Jacobean revenge tragedy, with intrigue, betrayals and political assassinations at every turn.
"What angers me the most is that [they] have turned what was initially an inner-party conflict into a full-blown state and government crisis," said Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the exasperated German foreign minister.
"You cannot discern that anybody on the British Isles had a plan. Many people are clearly confused that the vote has consequences. In the Conservative party, disorientation clearly prevails and with Labour it doesn't look much better," he told Spiegel magazine on Friday.
Last year, David Cameron told the FT he hoped he would be remembered for halting Scottish independence, repairing Britain's public finances and keeping Britain in the EU.
But by the end of this week, Mr Cameron's three wishes had unravelled: Britain is leaving the EU, Scottish home rule is back on the cards and now his plan to balance the budget by 2020 has been abandoned.
The enormity of his failure was reinforced at a two-day summit in Brussels this week, where he had to endure a lecture on good governance from Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece.