Rishi Sunak’s debut as British Prime Minister started with a sticky wicket. According to a Bloomberg report, the new Sunak-led government in the UK is in talks with India to increase the number of business visas granted to Indian nationals. The talks are part of a potential trade deal. However, the position of the new British government could cause friction in Sunak’s top team.
Earlier today, Trade Minister Greg Hands told the House of Commons that “active negotiations” were taking hold of business visas. Hands further added that talks are over on the majority of the deal. Britain’s trade secretary said a deal with India would benefit exporters as they could reach a billion consumers. However, Interior Minister Suella Bravermen recently expressed concerns about the easing of visa arrangements.
Barverman is a diehard Brexiteer. She appears to have opposed a more generous visa policy in an interview with the Spectator. “I have some reservations. Look at migration in this country – the largest group of overstayers are Indian migrants,” the UK Home Secretary said in the interview reported by Bloomberg. Braverman also said she was concerned about having an open migration policy with India.
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