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Old ambitions returned to Britain with a claim to a new world center of power

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Old ambitions returned to Britain with a claim to a new world center of power



Political London finally interrupted the indecently prolonged pause after the referendum on the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union and took very concrete steps to implement the fateful decision of the citizens of the United Kingdom. Last Wednesday, the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain adopted the bill, which approved the principles of exit from the EU, formulated by 17 in January by Prime Minister Theresa May. For the introduction of the procedure Brexit left to enlist the support of the House of Lords.

Teresa May wants to enter the global arena

Apparently, in the upper house of the British Parliament there will also be no problems with a bill on leaving the EU. All indications are that the core of local politicians reached a consensus on Brexit and chose the toughest of its options. The British economy will leave the single European market with its customs and trade rules, free movement of the population, submission to Brussels officials and the jurisdiction of the European Court.

London will try to negotiate a special relationship with Ireland, and with the European Union to conclude a bilateral agreement providing for a free trade zone, continued cooperation in the field of defense and security, science, education and health, in the fight against terrorism and international crime.

The central point of the bill, adopted by the Plateau of Communities, was Theresa May’s message that "Britain must enter the global arena as an independent country and trading partner." Actually, the British prime minister is working on this all the time after the referendum. May's predecessors differed in that they cruised in the triangle London-Brussels-Washington, complementing or agreeing on a common political agenda.

Theresa May has expanded her travel geography. Recently, for example, she visited Ankara. She discussed with the Turkish president the possibilities of interaction in the Middle East, both within the framework of NATO structures and in a bilateral format. May thus made it clear that Britain in Asia has its own distinct, distinct from European allies.

In December, Teresa May was already in this region. Then she visited Bahrain on a state visit, took part in a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council. May met with the leaders of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Oman. The British Premier held bilateral meetings with each of them. We discussed the situation in Syria, Yemen and in general in the Middle East.

Following the meetings in Bahrain, Theresa May expressed the hope that a new chapter will open in relations between the United Kingdom and the Gulf countries, “a true strategic partnership that will allow us to share our opportunities to ensure the security and prosperity of our peoples.” May emphasized: Britain and the Gulf countries have a long-standing overall content. история.

It should be noted that in the recent past, the countries of this region have visited the European leaders - the Germans. There was a federal chancellor here, was the head of the German Foreign Ministry. Together, they tried to connect Berlin to solving Middle Eastern problems, thereby raising the international authority of their country. However, in the Gulf countries did not properly appreciate this desire of German politicians.

There was no clear breakthrough for the British prime minister, although she came to Bahrain Teresa May with a slightly different “mandate”. Preparing to secede from the EU, Britain began to position itself as the political center of NATO in Europe, a sort of younger, but first among Europeans, partner of the United States in the North Atlantic alliance. In the Gulf, the declared ambitions of the British did not take seriously. After all, until then they were not confirmed by the US administration.

This happened after a meeting between Theresa May and President Donald Trump in Washington. Some experts called May's visit to America not entirely successful. In their opinion, the British Prime Minister was not able to establish a relationship of trust with the new American president. However, Teresa May managed to achieve the main goals of her trip.

After the meeting in Washington, May told reporters that she called on Trump, along with Britain, to "cooperate with the Kremlin from a position of strength", insisted on the application of international sanctions to Russia until the parties fully implement the conflict in Ukraine of the Minsk agreements, in the light of Moscow threats.

Donald Trump did not speak out publicly about the statements of his guest. However, after the May visit, the Washington administration adjusted the rhetoric on all positions noted by the British Prime Minister. Thus, Theresa May showed the world that the British are drying up over the ocean, and the plans of London to become an independent global player have certain reasons. Now these ambitions are also supported by a bill on withdrawal from the EU in the wording adopted by the House of Commons.

Excessive optimism of the British authorities

Now Teresa May is trying to gain a foothold as an independent global player. Reuters reported that a spokesman for the British prime minister announced her plans to visit China in 2017 on an official visit. The date of the trip has not yet been determined. But the visit to Beijing has already interested experts.

It will be something other than a meeting in Washington. In China, May will need to present himself to the world not as a NATO, American or European representative and mediator, but as a state leader with an independent foreign policy agenda. There is, however, one “but” ... Except for the sharply pronounced anti-Russian stance, the other outlines of British politics are still poorly viewed. Except, perhaps, claims for a special role in NATO.

She did not appear yesterday. Even when he was prime minister, Tony Blair in Britain was preoccupied with strengthening his military power. They planned to build a couple of aircraft carriers as a priority project in order to take a more active position in the expeditionary operations of the North Atlantic alliance. Now this project is nearing completion. The lead aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth II with 40 aircraft should be part of the royal fleet this year already. His fellow Prince of Wales will raise the flag of the British Navy in two years.

At first glance, with the advent of modern aircraft carriers, albeit inferior in capabilities to American ships, Britain will advance to the first roles in active world politics. However, not all so simple. The construction of aircraft carriers seriously hurt the military budget of London. This led to failures in other parts of the defense department.

For example, on Friday, the tabloid The Sun spoke about the deplorable state of multipurpose nuclear submarines in the UK fleet. Referring to informed sources, the publication claims that out of seven submarines of this class there are not a single one on combat duty.

Five multipurpose submarines are under maintenance or are awaiting it after troubleshooting. One is being repaired after a collision with a merchant ship in Gibraltar last summer. Another one is being tested after maintenance and, according to The Sun, will not be back soon. Tabloid notes that information about problems in the British fleet is kept secret from Prime Minister Theresa May.

In addition to problems with submarines, there are unpleasant stories and with surface ships. Last summer, for example, on one of the newest expensive destroyers of the Daring type, considered to be the pride of the British Navy, the power plant failed. The ship was dragged from the Persian Gulf, where this incident happened, and is now used as a training ship and floating barracks, since there is no budget for repairing the destroyer.

On the problems in the armed forces of Britain writes not only The Sun. The Sunday Times was also featured on this topic. According to her, "British military equipment is outdated so that it will not be able to protect the borders of the United Kingdom in the event of a serious military attack." As an example, the newspaper cites the technical characteristics of British ships, flying UAVs, armored vehicles and concludes that "the existing weapons create significant gaps in the country's defense capability."

The current situation can be corrected only by increasing allocations for military spending. With this, the "Lady of the Seas" now has obvious problems. London Financial City, which is largely based on the economic well-being of Britain, spoke in connection with Brexit about the transfer of a large part of its assets to the continent. For many, it is obvious that the status of the financial capital of Europe will now move to the German Frankfurt am Main.

“The exit of the UK from the EEA means that banks will automatically lose the opportunity to conduct business throughout the European Union, this will allow Frankfurt am Main to take over the leadership of London,” Jens Weidmann, head of the Central Bank of Germany, said in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian. This means that the UK budget possibilities will become even more modest.

With such baggage behind you, it is difficult to count on a productive independent policy. Maybe that's why they conceal the real state of affairs from May. At least, on the external field, Teresa May acts as if behind her - a full-fledged British Empire. Hope to become a new world center of power is shared with the prime minister and local parliamentarians who have so actively supported the tough Brexit. Experts believe these sentiments are overly optimistic ...
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  1. cedar
    cedar 13 February 2017 15: 35
    +2
    As far as the world financial capital is known, they have not yet been transferred from London to Washington, to Brussels or Berlin.
    And money, as you know, is power. That is why "on the external field, Theresa May acts as if behind her is a full-fledged British Empire." One significant refinement is a full-fledged financial empire ...
    See the root.
    1. Amurets
      Amurets 13 February 2017 16: 22
      +1
      Quote: cedar
      And money, as you know, is power. That is why "on the external field, Theresa May acts as if behind her is a full-fledged British Empire." One significant refinement is a full-fledged financial empire ...
      See the root.

      That is why Teresa May is so eager in the PRC. The largest world banks and exchanges are located in Hong Kong, this, together with Macau, is a separate administrative region of the PRC.
    2. user
      user 13 February 2017 18: 07
      +2
      One significant refinement is a full-fledged financial empire ...


      This is the most accurate statement. After all, after the war, global players moved formally from London to New York, because the establishment is the same. So it’s even interesting how England will be positioned - as the British Empire or how England emerged from the EU with naked. . . . (well, you understand).
      Well, very curious. . .
      1. Amurets
        Amurets 14 February 2017 10: 13
        0
        Quote: user
        Well, very curious. . .

        Me too, plus the same how the Scots, Irish and Wales will behave? The Scots and Irish did not recognize Braxit and promised to secede from England.
    3. German1314
      German1314 14 February 2017 15: 54
      0
      The laurels of the "Iron Margaret" haunt, but the show-offs above all blow their cheeks like toads in a swamp.
    4. beer-youk
      beer-youk 14 February 2017 16: 40
      0
      When this transfer occurs, Britain will at best turn into Gabon, not even Somalia, as there’s nothing to piracy.
  2. twincam
    twincam 13 February 2017 16: 34
    +1
    How will this affect my well-being?
  3. Vasiliev Yu
    Vasiliev Yu 13 February 2017 17: 03
    0
    Earlier, in the Soviet years, envied the English submariners. They had a crew for half a year on the boat, half a year rested on vacation. Although we, in comparison with the surface, we lived much better. But to serve on the submarine as the British, a pipe dream and an unrealistic dream.
  4. Niccola Mack
    Niccola Mack 13 February 2017 17: 17
    +1
    Now Teresa May is trying to gain a foothold as an independent global player.

    The train left - along with numerous colonies, it's too late to rush about.
    The once mighty British lion turned into a toothless, bald cat.
    In general - the likeness of Teresa without makeup.
    1. iouris
      iouris 14 February 2017 00: 32
      +1
      Quote: Nikkola Mac
      The once mighty British lion has turned

      Isn't it better to pour on yourself, godfather, turn around?
      1. Niccola Mack
        Niccola Mack 14 February 2017 06: 06
        +1
        "what paint you do not paint,
        through the color anyway
        the same dirt will come out "
        This is about the history of English politics, and the old woman needs to be more modest (especially in such a position)

        She does not look like Melania Trump and Jacqueline Kennedy.
        1. German1314
          German1314 14 February 2017 16: 16
          0
          good I completely agree. Madame May has expired a long time ago, and the Englishwoman, oh, how far ...
  5. Jarserge
    Jarserge 13 February 2017 17: 22
    +1
    In order to cherish such dreams, England at least must gain independence from the United States, both political and economic.
  6. cedar
    cedar 13 February 2017 20: 06
    +2
    Quote: Jarserge
    In order to cherish such dreams, England at least must gain independence from the United States, both political and economic.


    You will be very surprised, but everything is exactly the opposite - it is the United States that needs to gain independence from England, and above all financial, and therefore political and economic. USA-COLONY of England. Only consolation to the amers that privileged ...
    See the root.
  7. michajlo
    michajlo 13 February 2017 22: 50
    +2
    Welcome all!
    I allow myself to disagree, forum users, mocking for fun at the weakened royal armed forces and "as if the British pound had lost its strength."
    The English army has weakened and today is much weaker than it was in the 50-80 years of the twentieth century. This is obvious and everyone agrees with this. This weakening (technical) could well have been eliminated in 4-8 years, although not to the same level as 30-40 years ago.

    Well, returning to London the name and content of the "world financial center" is quite possible. According to few data from foreign sources, financial bigwigs at the end of the twentieth century calculated the possibility and procedure of transferring the world financial center from the USA to England or another country in the world !? As well as the fact that the Queen of England has long been a permanent member of the "closed Western financial club", and her place in deciding the fate of the world is "not at all decorative" ?!
    In support of this "yet another conspiracy theory," he says the fact that, having entered the EU, England for some reason did not part with the pound and did not accept the euro as its currency !? So did Switzerland, and even the small, weak Czech Republic ?! Despite the “magic of the common market and power” of the EU?
    The question is why?
    Therefore, from the seemingly "theatrical attempts" of England to show and try to return to the "world leaders and arbiters of the fate of the world", in my opinion, you shouldn’t laugh, but think over and implement the move from dollar transfers between countries to direct payments in RMB, rubles , and other currencies of developing countries!
    And Russia itself, until it restores its technological level of engineering, technology, science, and RECREATE BACK lost with the collapse of the USSR "A self-contained market of DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION", and thereby ensure relative independence from Western currencies (dollar, euro, pound, Swiss franc), despite the restoration of combat readiness of the Army and its rearmamentcannot be safe "from external partners from the West and East"!
    It is necessary to really, and not in speeches from the stands, increase WELL-BEING and CONSUMPTION OF THE WHOLE POPULATION, SEND MONEY to INTERNAL PRODUCTION instead of purchasing amers. finance papers, and a lot of things, about which "Russian patriotic economists have not yet received the attention of the Kremlin," have been talking and writing for a long time! But in Russia, LIBERAL SPECIALISTS like Nabiulina and various professors from the Higher School of Economics and their students in ministries and the government, who obediently implement the liberal development theories (and, in fact, COOLDOWN) of the ECONOMY of Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union, steer money and the economy ...
    About dangerous for a stable and peaceful life of the country, the economic stratification of the population and the impoverishment of the broad strata , with a rich life and really "Russian communism" for the oligarchs, senior government officials and deputies of the State Duma, I don’t feel like writing anymore, since for most patriots, the main thing is only to shout loudly, “Hurray!”, “The enemy will fall soon!” and "Approve, s!", without wondering why everything around it was “poor for the people”, despite peppy appeals from power stands, and what will happen to the COUNTRY and PEOPLE through 5-10-20-40 years?
    Michael.
  8. beer-youk
    beer-youk 14 February 2017 16: 47
    +1
    Quote: michajlo
    The English army has weakened and today is much weaker than it was in the 50-80 years of the twentieth century. This is obvious and everyone agrees with this. This weakening (technical) could well have been eliminated in 4-8 years, although not to the same level as 30-40 years ago.


    The English army was NEVER strong! This is an indisputable fact. The second one. In the 50-80 - year of the twentieth century, the British army was weaker than the army of any of the Warsaw Pact countries. And now they are behind the USA, Russia and China not for decades, but forever !!!
  9. Alekspel
    Alekspel 15 February 2017 12: 50
    0
    How many years has the Russian state existed, so many years has Britain been awaiting him. It's time to realize that the British are not strong in the army, it's in the past. They are strong with diplomacy, and behind the scenes, with special services that do not disdain anything, the Goebbels propaganda machine and the absolute unprincipled government wherever they see their benefit. The fact that they warmed a bastard like Berezovsky and others like him, that they give refuge to traitors like Rezun (Suvorov) suggests that they can’t seriously have anything to do with them, except for bombing on their territory. Well, if their king did not save his cousin Tsar Nicholas II already speaks volumes about this royal house. Now two grandmothers rule there, but English politics has not become less aggressive. Thank God their teeth are false, but they are still worthless to us.
  10. Alekspel
    Alekspel 15 February 2017 12: 50
    0
    How many years has the Russian state existed, so many years has Britain been awaiting him. It's time to realize that the British are not strong in the army, it's in the past. They are strong with diplomacy, and behind the scenes, with special services that do not disdain anything, the Goebbels propaganda machine and the absolute unprincipled government wherever they see their benefit. The fact that they warmed a bastard like Berezovsky and others like him, that they give refuge to traitors like Rezun (Suvorov) suggests that they can’t seriously have anything to do with them, except for bombing on their territory. Well, if their king did not save his cousin Tsar Nicholas II already speaks volumes about this royal house. Now two grandmothers rule there, but English politics has not become less aggressive. Thank God their teeth are false, but they are still worthless to us.
  11. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 15 February 2017 20: 54
    +2
    a country living with illusions .. militarily, there are a dozen countries on the planet .. who can knock her head off .. and she still lives yesterday.
  12. Tolstoevsky
    Tolstoevsky 16 February 2017 13: 12
    0
    the whole problem is overpopulation. no more than 50000 animals should remain in the British Isles.
  13. japs
    japs 16 February 2017 23: 26
    +3
    Actually, English ambitions never went anywhere. The English diplomatic game is always subtler than the die-hard, if not the dumb-headed policy of Pindustan.
    The ability to solve the game of the British possessed A. Gromyko and his teacher.
    Our modern ones only comprehend this science. But the school of mrs. Medvedev is a little more than liberal.