UK trade deals ‘unaffected’ by China and India’s stance on Ukraine
The UK will not take into account India’s and China’s failure to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine when pursuing post-Brexit trade deals with those countries, the International Trade Secretary said.
Asked if India’s neutrality in the conflict has become a negotiating issue in trade talks, Anne-Marie Trevelyan told MPs: “Trade deals are not the vehicle for, if you will, the broader discussion of diplomatic deals.
“These ongoing discussions on areas of political difference, whatever they may be, will continue, but we will continue to encourage everyone to consider how their ties with either Russia or even Ukraine can be improved or diminished in order to improve or.” end this war as soon as possible”.
She said negotiations with India were in “relatively early stages” and officials from the Department of International Trade were in the country this week.
“You have a very clear mandate to continue discussing the wide range of trade issues that we want to see in a trade deal with India,” Ms Trevelyan told the International Trade Committee.
Boris Johnson was urging negotiators to finalize a free trade deal by Diwali in October as he celebrated a “massive push” at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last week.
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