Whisky for visas: India, UK begin post-Brexit commerce talks


Britain and India started hammering out a post-Brexit commerce deal on Thursday, with London in search of a reduce in tariffs on Scotch whisky and higher entry to the Asian big’s companies and tech sectors.

New Delhi, which is notoriously reticent about decreasing commerce obstacles and was dubbed the “tariff king” by former US President Donald Trump, needs in return to make it simpler and cheaper for Indians to acquire British visas.

A joint assertion after Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and British Commerce Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan formally launched the talks in Delhi reiterated a goal of doubling bilateral commerce volumes by 2030.

“Each side have agreed that we are going to focus initially on areas that are of mutual profit and the place there’s much less disagreement, and for which we now have set a really aggressive timeline of subsequent few months,” Goyal instructed reporters.

“We really feel assured that there’s a lot complementarity between the 2 economies that we should always simply be capable to provide you with a really substantive settlement within the preliminary part… I believe we’re dedicated to concluding this negotiation in a couple of 12 months’s time,” he mentioned.

“The UK has world-class companies and experience we are able to rightly be pleased with, from Scotch whisky distillers to monetary companies and cutting-edge renewable expertise,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned in an announcement.

“We’re seizing the alternatives provided in rising economies of the Indo-Pacific to cement our place on the worldwide stage and ship jobs and progress at house,” he mentioned.

Britain has struck commerce offers with Japan, New Zealand and Australia because it makes an attempt to compensate for falling commerce volumes with the European Union because it left the bloc in January 2020.

The entire quantity of commerce at stake in a deal between Britain and India is small fry, nonetheless, equal to about three per cent of London’s complete quantity of commerce with the EU, Bloomberg Information reported.

New Delhi’s push to ease the granting of UK visas for Indian nationals can also fall foul with Brexit supporters who have been eager to chop immigration.

Conservative lawmaker Edward Leigh instructed parliament final week that “working-class voters who voted Brexit didn’t vote to interchange immigration from Europe with extra immigration from the remainder of the world”.

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