Trade talks with India not conditional on illegal migration: U.K.

A United Kingdom spokespoerson was requested whether or not the U.Okay. authorities was making a commerce cope with India conditional on India taking again “vital” numbers of unlawful migrants. Picture for illustration solely
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Finalising a trade deal with India just isn’t contingent on New Delhi taking again Indians who’re within the U.Okay. illegally, the British authorities mentioned on Wednesday.

“On the separate problem of migration and returns, we’ve made big progress on that problem, notably after the settlement made between Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi and [U.K.] Prime Minister [Boris] Johnson in Might final yr, and cooperation on that continues as nicely. However they’re distinct points,” a spokesperson for U.Okay. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak instructed the overseas press at a Wednesday afternoon briefing.

The spokesperson was responding to a query on whether or not the U.Okay. authorities was making a commerce cope with India conditional on India taking again “vital” numbers of unlawful migrants.

The feedback contradict what Home Secretary Suella Braverman had said in regards to the Migration and Mobility Partnership (i.e., the protocol signed by Mr. Modi and Mr. Johnson in Might 2021) in October to Spectator, when she was in the identical function within the Liz Truss administration. Ms. Braverman had mentioned the protocol had not labored very nicely and that she had some reservations on points of the U. Okay.-India ‘Free Commerce Settlement’ (FTA), i.e., on the query of visa flexibility for college kids and entrepreneurs, as a result of Indians had been the most important group of visa overstayers within the U.Okay.

Ms. Braverman’s remarks had contributed to the talks failing to conclude by a Deepavali deadline. The Indian Excessive Fee in London had reacted by saying it had acted on all circumstances of overstaying referred to it by the U.Okay.’s Residence Workplace. Days later, Ms. Braverman had walked again a few of her feedback by saying the U.Okay. and India had been “keen” to safe a deal. Mr. Modi and U.Okay. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have additionally expressed their dedication to concluding a deal, after Mr. Sunak assumed workplace on the finish of October.

There was no change within the U.Okay. authorities’s negotiating technique after Mr. Sunak took cost, his spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday, within the context of each the U.Okay.-India commerce talks and Britain’s negotiations to accede to the CPTPP (Complete and Progressive Settlement for Trans-Pacific Partnership).

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