PM Theresa May is keen to build on the “adamant relationship” with India after Britain transmits the European Union but is unlikely to relax visa rules, a sticking position between the two countries. Less than two weeks earlier the June 8 mid-term election, May’s Conservative party continues to influence opinion polls, but the gap with Labour is narrowing. May wishes to retain and widen support among the 1.5 million-strong Indian community. Earlier, world leaders congratulation for macrons victory Prime Minister Theresa may also consider Brexit wit Macron, says that UK needs a strong relationship with a secure and flourishing EU once we leave, the Spokesman added in his address.
“I want to assure that we build on the adamant relationship that we already have with India,” the 60-year-old May said Hindustan Times on Monday. She told work was on to ensure increased trade with India even before Britain leaves the EU, which is anticipated in mid-2019.
“I was very satisfied to visit India last November on a trade mission. It’s a hugely dynamic economy. I met fantastic businesses there,” she said. India has already shown that the mobility, or visa, the issue will be one of the key points in talks on a free-trade deal, but May is unlikely to give concessions. Her party manifesto also pledges to “bear down” on non-EU immigration.
“We have already made enough significant strides in what we have provided in India, with the preference services, which are now being extended to the type of visas they cover,” she said.
Heading lights of the Brexit campaign had promised easier visa norms for India and other Commonwealth countries once Britain quit the 28-country bloc. The multi-billion measure Indian food industry struggling with a shortage of chefs was promised a “rescue” after Brexit.
May, who as home secretary bound visa rules,
“We are maintaining our commitment to bring the levels of net migration down to sustainable levels. We always look across the immigration system to ensure that we are enabling, welcoming the best and brightest to some to the UK, but we are working to make sure that the system works fairly and correctly for everybody,”.
During her India vacation, May had linked improving the visa offer to the return of thousands of Indians who have no right to reside in the UK.
“The home office is considering various ways in which that process (of returns) can be improved,” the Prime Minister said. “It is something I have said everywhere, that I think where there are people who are in a country illegally, they should be returned.” Her ancestor, David Cameron, had promised to nominate candidates from the black and minority ethnic (BME) associations to 20% of the places where party MPs were retiring, but that has not happened.
PM Theresa May said,
“We have some good BME applicants. This was a very rapid process of putting candidates in place because of the election being called at short notice. I have been profoundly involved in doing a lot of work on getting more women as Conservative MPs and what we are looking at as a party is how we can perhaps use that expertise and provide support to get more BME candidates in future”.
Talking about an anti-caste discrimination law that has divided the Indian community, May said,
“I recognise the sensitivity of the caste issue, there is a consultation taking place. There was expression put into the appropriate legislation in the House of Lords by Labour and Liberal Democrats working together on that, but I realise how sensitive this matter is.”
May said if the Conservatives were voted back, her government would “look carefully” at the consultation results. Her performance is seen to be close to the influential Hindu-Sikh lobby that opposes the caste law.
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Addressing matters about the under-representation of minority communities in the judiciary, armed forces and civil services, May said under Cameron there was a push to increase diversity in the magistracy, and the current Lord Chancellor was doing the same.
She also stated,
“The Indian community is an important part of our society here in the UK. I need to see a country where how far somebody gets on is about their talents and their willingness to work hard, regardless of their background,”.
The Conservative party had five Indian-origin MPs in the last parliament. It has got 14 Indian-origin candidates for the June 8 election. The ruling party last week published a video seeking the support of the Indian community through a Hindi song, using images of a saree-clad May touring temples in India and the UK and of her meetings with Modi.