With the world watching on the UK stumbled its way through three consecutive days of debate, votes and politicking this week as it set to agree on the way it would leave the European Union.
But two days later, and there's still no outcome, save for a delay to the divorce, leaving many in the UK feeling like there's no light at the end of the tunnel.
Outside of Europe, however, many countries are not looking to see if Britain will remain in the EU, but rather urging it to hurry up and leave so they can take advantage of new trade and economic opportunities.
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump spoke of his keenness to secure a new trade deal with the UK in a post-Brexit world.
'My Administration looks forward to negotiating a large scale Trade Deal with the United Kingdom,' Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.
'The potential is unlimited!'
And Australia feels the same. In fact, Australia feels as though it could show the UK a thing or two about how to survive, and shine, on its own.
'Australia is a really standout example of a nation that has prospered because we have embraced a free trade agenda over the past 20 years or so by concluding free trade agreements with most of the economies, with the United States, with China, with Japan, with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) with Indonesia lately,' Australia's High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis told 9news.com.au in London.
'Our prosperity as a nation has been to a large degree as a result of us embracing global free trade…we have the best quality free trade agreement, I think it's fair to say, of any country in the world.'
Mr Brandis believes when, or if, Brexit finally does happen, the UK will be able to look 'well beyond its part of the world' like Australia has done.
'That is an opportunity that Britain now has too when it breaks free of the European Union … and it takes back control of its trade policy and has the capacity independently of the EU to enter into trade agreements with countries right across the world or trade blocs right across the world.
'Then it can have the same experience Australia has enjoyed, because trade does generate prosperity.'
Mr Brandis said opportunities for Australia to harness that prosperity will be available too, with the two countries well into discussions about a trade agreement, although nothing can be set in stone until after the UK leaves the bloc.
'At the moment the UK is Australia's seventh biggest trading partner and it's the fifth largest economy in the world,' he said.
'So we think that there is greater scope for penetration of the UK market by Australian business people, whether in commodities or manufacturers but probably most particularly in the services sector, financial services, professional services, educational services. That is where I think there is opportunities for Australia under an Australia-UK FTA (Free Trade Agreement).'
Already, Mr Brandis revealed, Australian business are looking to set up in the UK once Brexit takes place.
While he would not confirm what types of businesses they are, the High Commissioner said they were ones which expected to be in greater demand in the UK as a result of its separation from the EU.
And it's not just Australian businesses that could thrive in a post-EU Britain. Skilled workers may get additional opportunities to find employment in the UK.
'When it comes to the movement of people, in particular the labour force, we are hopeful that the result of our negotiation with United Kingdom will be to enable better access to the UK market, especially for Australian skilled workers,' Mr Brandis said.
One area that's being discussed is medical professionals, and negotiations around a new deal to recognise each other's professional standards.
'Australia's medical skills are second-to-none in the world, the United Kingdom are also world leaders,' the High Commissioner said.
'A lot of Australian medical doctors come here to train and work in the system already … so it seems to me, and to those who are negotiating these agreements, that the mutual recognition of qualifications, particularly in very highly skilled occupations, is a very obvious path to go down.'
For now only time will tell, given the constant tumult of how Brexit will play out. First the UK needs to decide how it will break away - but once it does, it's clear the rest of the world is ready to take advantage.