It is no coincidence that Boris Johnson has chosen India as not only his first major bilateral visit since taking charge as the UK Prime Minister last year but also the first since Britain′s exit from the European Union (EU). Even as the negotiations over a post-Brexit trade agreement count down at an excruciating pace to their December 31 deadline, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab flew down to India this week for a series of high-level talks, with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar as well as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. https://www.youtube.com/watch v=01xZyDV6eQU While in India, he confirmed that Johnson has accepted Modi's invitation and will be the Guest of Honour at the Republic Day parade on January 26, 2021. “I am absolutely delighted to be visiting India next year at the start of an exciting year for Global Britain, and look forward to delivering the quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister Modi and I have pledged to achieve,” declared Johnson in a statement from Downing Street in London soon after. The message has been spelt out clearly - that India will be at the heart of Global Britain once the UK has formally left the 27-member economic bloc from January 1, 2021, with or without a deal.