IIMA Alumni London and the Indian Professionals Forum are delighted to bring you this discussion at the High Commission of India where luminaries from business and policy share their thoughts on this most important relationship.
As Britain exits the EU, it has made clear that its relationship with India is an extremely important one in the post-Brexit world. India is the fourth largest investor in UK, and the UK is the largest G20 investor in India. It stands to reason that Theresa May made India her first visit outside the EU after taking over as Prime minister. 2017 has been celebrated as the UK-India Year of Culture. The close relationship between the two countries has the media closely following this dynamic. What will Brexit Britain’s relationship with India look like? What will it concede to get a deal? Will it still stay a gateway for India to Europe? Are there any clear opportunities that arise in the aftermath of Brexit?
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 (GMT), India House, London.
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Recent press coverage of Indian Professionals Forum events and activities included highlights of the inaugural event at Chatham House with a focus on post-Brexit free trade and high skilled immigration.
The British Press emphasised how a "Winning Partnership" will emerge between India and UK after Brexit. However a free trade agreement between India and UK may not be concluded by 2030. This deal will include freer movement of professionals between India and UK and also will imply that Britain will have to agree higher levels of immigration of skilled persons from India. It is very much in Britain's interest to welcome Indian Professionals, students and investment and have stronger and deeper relationship with India.
A Winning partnership will benefit both countries as India becomes third largest global economy by 2030. UK has initiated a number of working group with India to begin discussions on future trading relationships to address barriers, liberalise trade and to secure more outward looking global market for British Businesses. A trade deal with India could increase British exports by £2bn per year according to the Daily Telegraph.