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“Eager” to secure trade deal with India: UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman has said the UK is “eager” to secure a trade deal with India. (file)

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said Britain is “eager” to secure a trade deal with India to boost both economies and Brexit means Britain no longer has a Eurocentric mindset towards trade or visas , when she caused a stir with her “there may be an “open border” approach in the ongoing trade talks with India.

Addressing a Diwali event organized by the UK-based India Global Forum (IGF) here on Tuesday evening, the Indian-origin cabinet minister spoke of being a proud member of the British Indian community and appreciated the contribution made by the Indian community to British life. Of.

In an apparent attempt to reverse his recent controversial remarks about Indians making up the largest group of overstayers, the minister said Britain’s villages, towns and cities have been “very enriched by immigration from India”. has gone.

“Naturally, there is an economic imperative for our countries to work together, which is why we are so eager to secure a trade deal,” said Suella Braverman.

“But boosting our economy is not the only quality to make our friendship even stronger. We have a shared vision that by 2030 we will enjoy an even stronger partnership… As Home Secretary, I especially want both I value cooperation on security matters between our two countries. This is important domestically in India and the UK, but also more broadly internationally, particularly in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.

With Diwali no longer the target deadline for the draft Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Suella Braverman wanted to reiterate that the Liz Truss-led government is on the pace set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. determined to build.

Clearly, leaving the European Union (EU) means that the United Kingdom is in a better position to think outside the Eurocentric mindset, look at every horizon and cherish and nurture ties with old friends like India. The points-based immigration system means we do not support people from Europe more than people anywhere else. Meanwhile, about a quarter of all foreign students in the UK are from India,” she said.

Dressed in a lehenga for Diwali celebrations attended by other senior parliamentarians, business leaders and diplomats, the 42-year-old minister also reflected on her very personal association with India and spoke of being impressed by India’s “fresh and vibrant” Somewhere. Britain’s ties are always felt on the journey “Kerala to Bihar, Delhi to Calcutta”.

He said, “India is in my heart, she is in my soul, she is in my blood. I am very proud that my father’s roots and his family are in Goa and my mother can trace her ancestral origin to Madras.” “

“India is part of my own heritage, I am Indian on both sides of my family. My mother came here from Mauritius and my father came here from Kenya. He felt a deep connection and love for Britain even before he came here. This one There is love that I share. And, I have never seen any inconsistency in that, because there is no inconsistency.”

The UK-born Member of Parliament for Fareham in southern England, in her Diwali message also mentioned her upbringing in “the home of the Asian community here” in Wembley, the Indian community hub of north-west London.

The minister said she wanted British people to be able to “drink the depths of Indian culture” by moving to India, studying and working, and throwing themselves into the UK, where entry “should be based on merit, not merit”. Make people pay smugglers, whose wicked deadly business we have to break”.

“We lavishly consume food, music, films and art from each other’s countries. The story of India and the story of Britain are so closely intertwined that they are largely one story,” he said.

Britain and India began free trade agreement talks on 13 January.

India’s exports to the UK stood at USD 10.5 billion in 2021-22, while imports totaled USD 7 billion.

India’s main exports to the UK include finished garments and textiles, gems and jewellery, engineering goods, petroleum products, transport equipment, spices, pharmaceuticals and marine products.

Imports from Britain include precious and semi-precious stones, ores and metal scrap, engineering goods, chemicals and machinery.

In the services sector, the UK is Europe’s largest market for Indian IT services.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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