But, the results also accomplished all three of my goals and solidified my chances of getting a strong result.
First, I was a good ally because I helped Germany into two centers, strengthening our early partnership and prioritizing his position over my growth (something I could afford to do as England). Second, and most importantly, I became indispensable to Germany and France. Because the French fleet was destroyed, it became very difficult for them to turn on me because both were extremely army heavy. Now, even if Germany decided to attack me, I could work with France because their (easiest) path to success was through German armies and supply centers. I felt confident the position and the German (as opposed to English) capture of Brest would make France’s choice easy even if my diplomacy was weak. Third, this fell neatly into the third goal. I sacrificed tempo and potentially higher upside plays to ensure a guaranteed result: a diminished one fleet France at the hands of a German attack while simultaneously strengthening my partnership with my German ally.
Ultimately, these moves eliminated any chance of F/G working together and solidified my chances of having a strong position leading into the mid-game.