India will be a “willing partner” to increase trade and co-operation as the UK leaves the European Union, Indian’s high commissioner to the UK, Y K Sinha, said.
Sinha was speaking at a farewell reception hosted in his honour by the Indian Journalists’ Association and he described his 23-month tenure in London as “really exciting stint,” reported Press Trust of India.
“The year of Culture (of India) held here was fantastic,” he said. “As the future is uncertain, the UK will find India a willing partner as it leaves the European Union,” he said.
Sinha, however, added that there are a host of issues, including visa issues, that have to be tackled and “we are constantly in dialogue to resolve these issues.
Labour MP Keith Vaz wanted the British government to restore the post-study visa scheme to attract more Indian students and pointed out that at present Australia has more Indian students than the UK.
Indian Journalists’ Association president Ashis Ray said: “High Commissioner Sinha has done extremely well during his brief tenure.”
Britain will formally leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.