The House of Commons in Britain today voted 498 to 114 to trigger Article 50 , the article in the EU Agreement allowing a nation to exit the Union.
Boris Johnson , the Foreign Secretary , said, as carried by the Daily Telegraph :
‘Boris Johnson said that “history has been made” after MPs voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday night in favour of triggering Brexit negotiations and beginning the process of leaving the EU.’
Of course, there are many miles to go but this vote is a resounding victory for the Prime Minister and her efforts to carry out the will of the people. Bravo , I say.
I was also intrigued by Ms. May’s global travels in the last week from a strategic point of view. On her western flank, she flew to Washington and had a very positive meeting with the new President and secured support from him. It seems clear that these two countries will be working behind the scenes to prepare the road for a bilateral trade agreement when the time is ripe. Then , on her eastern front she travelled to Turkey and signed an important military agreement ensuring that British technology will be used in the enhancement and development of the Turkish military.
While one can argue with the PM dealing with Turkey at a time when that country is looking inward and the President there is making some undemocratic moves , nevertheless , from a strictly strategic point of view ,looking ahead , it showed she is willing to play some hard ball and sneak under the European umbrella to forge economic relationships with a NATO partner. Given that Germany had already made deals with Turkey on immigration , it should not come as any surprise that Britain should protect its interests on this eastern flank.
I like the diplomacy.