India has countered UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s declare that the Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP) had not “worked very well” saying that India had initiated motion on all instances raised with it beneath the settlement.
In response to a PTI question about Ms Braverman’s interview in ‘The Spectator’ that branded Indians because the “largest group of people who overstay” their visas within the UK, the Indian High Commission right here mentioned that India awaits “demonstrable progress” on sure commitments undertaken by the UK authorities beneath the MMP that was signed final 12 months.
“As part of our wider discussions under Migration and Mobility, the government of India is committed to working with the government of the UK to facilitate the return of Indian citizens who have overstayed their visa period here in the UK,” the High Commission of India assertion mentioned on Thursday.
“As per the data shared with the Home Office, as of date, action has been initiated on all of the cases referred to the High Commission. Further, the UK has also undertaken to fulfil certain commitments as part of the Migration and Mobility Protocol, on which we await demonstrable progress,” it mentioned.
With reference to Ms Braverman’s controversial feedback about having visa-related “reservations” over the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) being negotiated between the 2 sides, the High Commission famous that any future preparations can be of mutual profit.
“While certain issues pertaining to Mobility and Migration are currently under discussion as part of these negotiations, any comment on these matters may not be appropriate given that the negotiations are underway, and that any arrangement will include issues of interest to both sides,” the High Commission mentioned.
Ms Braverman, the Indian-origin minister who took cost on the Home Office final month, mentioned she had “concerns” over the FTA with India, fearing what she termed as an “open borders” migration coverage.
“I have concerns about having an open borders migration policy with India because I don’t think that’s what people voted for with Brexit,” Ms Braverman instructed the British weekly information journal.
Asked about visa flexibility for college students and entrepreneurs beneath an India-UK FTA, she mentioned: “But I do have some reservations. Look at migration in this country – the largest group of people who overstay are Indian migrants”.
“We even reached an agreement with the Indian government last year to encourage and facilitate better cooperation in this regard. It has not necessarily worked very well,” she mentioned.
Ms Braverman’s rivalry that the MMP has not labored very properly is seen as a transparent indication that she is prone to withhold Cabinet backing for any visa concessions for India as a part of an FTA.
This would put her on a collision course together with her boss, Liz Truss, who’s eager to stay to the Diwali deadline for an FTA with India as considered one of her spotlight commerce offers since taking on because the British Prime Minister. Diwali falls on October 24 this 12 months.
On the Indian aspect, the convenience of mobility for college students and professionals has at all times been a key facet of any commerce settlement.
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