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UK-India Week Roundtables

On Monday 24th June, the British Foreign Policy Group hosted two roundtables as part of UK-India Week, in partnership with India Inc.

The roundtables brought together perspectives from Conservative and Labour politicians, as well as British and Indian perspectives more widely, on a range of bilateral issues.

Speakers included:

  • Barry Gardiner MP and Rajesh Agrawal, GLA, Chairing the roundtable on Labour perspectives
  • The Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP and Lord Gadhia, Chairing the roundtable on Conservative perspectives
  • Tom Cargill, Executive Director, British Foreign Policy Group
  • Manoj Ladwa, India Inc

 

Discussion centred Foreign and Strategic Affairs, and the need for the UK to prioritise and develop a strategy for its relationship with India post-Brexit; Home Affairs, and why each nation should seek to raise national awareness of the importance of the UK-India partnership and the benefits it brings; and International Trade as it relates to the UK and India, particularly as the UK re-calibrates its place in the world.

Both roundtables were part of ‘India Day’, which marked the launch of UK-India Week (24th-28th June 2019), a day of broad discussion and valuable debate tackling issues vital to the future of the global partnership.

The Chairs and attendees enjoyed a lively and engaging discussion under Chatham House rule.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
About
Flora Holmes
flora.holmes@bfpg.co.uk

Flora Holmes is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. She is a graduate in Global Politics, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics, having studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Flora worked in Westminster and in the External Policies directorate of the European Parliament in Brussels before joining the BFPG.