3 September 2019
Vara questions PM about strengthening ties with India post-Brexit

Following the Prime Minister's statement on the G7 Summit, Shailesh Vara questions the PM about his discussions with Prime Minister Modi of India about strengthening tie with India post-Brexit.

Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

The United Kingdom already has close links with India, not least because of the valuable contribution made by the 1.6 million who make up the British-Indian diaspora. What discussions did my right hon. Friend have at the G7 with Prime Minister Modi of India about strengthening those ties post-Brexit?

The Prime Minister

I did indeed have an extremely good conversation with Prime Minister Modi, and we agreed to strengthen our co-operation not just on the security side, where clearly the UK and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terror, but on military co-operation in the Asia-Pacific region, where we share many interests, and, of course, on free trade as well—doing a big free trade deal with India. I thank my hon. Friend for everything he does to promote that incredibly important relationship.