He is the principal patron of Europe and the British Prime Minister (as photographed above) activated the provisions of Article 50(2) of the the Treaty on European Union leading to Britain’s departure from the European Union not later than two years from then on 29th March which is the Octave Day of St Benedict’s feast. As I consider that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is a good thing for Europe and Britain I found the coincidence pleasing.
It was uncertain when the Prime Minister would trigger Article 50. I wondered whether it would be the feat of St Benedict. When it was not I noticed it would be the octave day. Once Article 50 is triggered the country triggering it leaves the EU come what may (unless all 27 remaining members unanimously agree to extend the period) not later than two years after the notification of intent to leave was given. The photograph in the post is of the Prime Minister signing the letter that gives notice of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.