February 2, 2023

Post-Brexit trade agreements

This quote sounds like it could be from the European Union, as a pre-condition for access to the single market. It is however from the Indian government and shines a light at difficulties the UK government might be facing while seeking opportunities for trade agreements outside the European Union.

The Indian government spokesman, Vikas Swarup, said:

“Indian students and people-to-people relations are important pillars of India-UK ties. In the last five years or so, the number of Indian students enrolling in UK universities has gone down by almost 50%; from around 40,000 to about 20,000 now. This has happened because of restrictions on post-study stay in the UK.”

“We will continue to raise our concerns regarding mobility with the UK. Mobility of people is closely linked to free flow of finance, goods and services.”