ShreeMetalPrices: After a UK Minister Said that “Indian Migrants Overstay,” The MEA Stated that the India-UK Free Trade Agreement was “Not On Hold.”


Arindam Bagchi denied media allegations that the India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) is “on the verge of collapse,” stating. That negotiations have not ceased and that MEA has not received any reports in which the UK has placed blame on India.

In response to reports that the India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) is allegedly “on the verge of collapse.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday that negotiations for the agreement are still ongoing. And that there was interest on both sides if they are able work quickly to reach an agreement that is advantageous to both countries.

Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the MEA, stated during a press conference. That it is preferable to leave such disagreements between the two countries’ trade ministers.

The recent comments of UK Home Sec Suella Braverman. Who demanded action be taken against visa overstayers from India, reportedly incensed the Indian authorities.

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However, there is an arrangement between the two countries regarding mobility and consular concerns. And moving forward would require reciprocal implementation of this agreement, Bagchi said. “Would not want to remark on the comments by the UK Home Secretary,” he added.

Bagchi denied the media claims and added that the MEA had not received any formal report wherein the UK had blamed India for the suspension of the FTA negotiations.

However, it all relies on the current negotiations, he added. “There was a basic aim wanting to be done with both the agreement by Diwali.

When Braverman claimed last week that a trade agreement with India would increase immigration to the United Kingdom—despite the fact that Indians already made up the largest number of visa overstayers—she made headlines.

Braverman said to The Spectator weekly news magazine. “I have worries about having an open border migration policy to India because I don’t think that’s what people have voted for with Brexit.

When questioned about the flexibility of visas for students and businesspeople under an FTA between India and the UK, she responded, “But I do harbour some misgivings. The majority of immigrants who overstay their visas in this country are Indians, according to data on migration.”