The British PM gives off a persona of being a big picture politician, who wants to create an ever-lasting legacy. If he succeeds in pulling off what seems like a Herculean Brexit mission, at the very least, it would most definitely be his Churchillian Second World War moment. However, the odds currently seem stacked against Boris and even as Brexit fatigue engulfs the country for the moment, what lies in store come November may just be a rude awakening that all those who even forecast it would be hoping against.
Meanwhile, the recent telephone conversation between Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers a telling insight into how this big picture politician is manoeuvring his foreign policy. An important ally like India, a rising economic power in its own right, requires an urgent reset mode on the British end. Yet the Downing Street readout of that conversation gave out none of the macro challenges that were raised by the Indian Prime Minister, including tackling the global threats from terrorism and climate change. In stark contrast to the Prime Minister's Office in India's communique, the UK readout read more like a standard narrative of the importance of the UK-India partnership and the need to build it further.
India, under Prime Minister Modi, has a clear strategy of taking the lead on complex global challenges and the UK, as one of its important partners on the international stage, must grasp this reality. The very least being in the form of policies around attracting more Indian students to British universities to ensure the future ambassadors of the UK-Indian winning partnership are well primed for the task that lies ahead for a Brexit-bound nation.
This is where the question mark comes back into play - is the UK truly equipped for its Global Britain agenda or is it headed down an unprecedented path of national self-harm. After all these months, there is more confusion than clarity, an all-too-familiar scenario within British politics. Yet India's interests in the UK, and with the UK, on the global stage, surely mean that it cannot be a benign bystander.