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'We are very close' on FTA with India: UK Trade Minister

September 21, 2023
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The Cabinet minister was specifically asked about some UK media reports suggesting that cricket fan British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may be planning a return visit to India next month to sign the deal on the sidelines of the World Cup being hosted across the country. "We are very close. It is possible, but I wouldn't be setting that sort of deadline. We will finish when we finish," she said.

Referencing former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting a Diwali 2022 deadline for an agreement, Badenoch reiterated the Sunak-led Government's approach of not setting any end dates.
"We had the same thing last year, where they said we're going to have a deal by Diwali. Once you set a date, you create problems on your own side. We have always been very, very specific that it's about the deal, not the day. And, we will get there when we have a deal that is mutually beneficial for India and for the UK. We've done quite a lot, so it is close," she said.

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