Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi commit to DUPLICATING trade between the UK and India over the next decade as part of a ‘quantum leap’ in relationships as they agree on a visa plan to allow young professionals to live and work in each other’s countries
- Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi held a virtual bilateral meeting this afternoon
- Two leaders pledged to pursue a free trade agreement to double trade between the UK and India
- They have agreed on a ‘Roadmap for 2030’ that will represent a ‘giant leap forward’ in relations
- Meanwhile, the UK and India have signed a new migration agreement
- This allows young professionals to live and work in the other country for two years
Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi today pledged to pursue a free trade agreement that will double trade between the UK and India in the next decade.
The prime minister held a virtual bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart this afternoon when they agreed to a ‘Roadmap for 2030’ that they believe would represent a ‘quantum leap’ in relations.
Mr Johnson said the document will “ mark the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the UK and India, ” as the two countries seek to work more closely together to address the world’s biggest problems.
Meanwhile, a new mutual migration deal between the two countries will allow young professionals to live and work in each other’s countries for up to two years.
The migration deal will also make it easier and faster to return Indian nationals with no legal right to remain in the UK and vice versa.
Boris Johnson, pictured yesterday on a visit to Barry in Wales, and Narendra Modi today pledged to pursue a free trade agreement that will double trade between the UK and India in the next decade.
Mr Johnson and Mr Modi held a virtual bilateral meeting this afternoon after the Prime Minister canceled his planned visit to India due to a coronavirus outbreak
The bilateral meeting between Mr. Johnson and Mr. Modi was to take place in person.
But Mr Johnson canceled a scheduled visit to India due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The ‘2030 Roadmap’ agreed between the two leaders today will provide a framework for improved relations between the UK and India in areas such as health, climate, trade, science and technology and defense.
India has decided to raise its overall relationship with the UK to the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, making Great Britain the first European country to receive that status.
The two countries aim to deepen their economic relationship in the coming years, with Messrs Johnson and Modi confirming their intention to negotiate a free trade agreement. The ambition is to double trade between the UK and India in the next ten years.
Mr Johnson said in a statement: “The UK and India share many fundamental values. The UK is one of the oldest democracies and India is the world’s largest. We are both committed members of the Commonwealth. And there is a living bridge that unites the people of our countries.
Over the past week, the British people have stepped up by the thousands to support our Indian friends in this terrible time in a demonstration of the deep bond between the UK and India.
“This connection will only grow over the next decade as we do more together to tackle the world’s biggest problems and improve the lives of our people. The agreements we have made today mark the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the UK and India. ‘
Mr Johnson will personally meet Mr Modi at next month’s G7 Summit in Cornwall, where India has been invited to attend as the host country.
Mr Johnson announced yesterday that a new £ 1 billion trade and investment deal with India will help create more than 6,000 jobs.
The partnership includes more than £ 533 million in new investment from India, while UK companies have secured export deals worth more than £ 446 million.
Today’s meeting between Mr Johnson and Mr Modi came when Home Secretary Priti Patel and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar reached a new migration agreement.
The Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement will speed up the process of returning Indian nationals with no legal right to remain in the UK and vice versa.
It allows young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 to live and work in the other country for up to two years.
Ms Patel said: ‘I am committed to delivering a fair but firm new immigration plan to the UK public that will attract the best and brightest talent to the UK through our new points-based immigration system, while helping those who abuse it system.
This groundbreaking new agreement with India is an important milestone in delivering on this promise.
This groundbreaking agreement with our closest partners in the Indian government will provide new opportunities for thousands of young people in the UK and India who want to live, work and experience each other’s cultures.
“This agreement will also make it easier for the UK government to remove those who do not have the right to be in the UK and to crack down on those who abuse our system.”