UK PM Liz Truss resigns, had to leave before trade deal with India
Liz Truss Resignation Effect on India: UK PM Liz Truss resigns, had to leave the post before the trade deal with India Liz Truss had been describing herself as a ‘fighter’ in Parliament until Wednesday, just a day before, but she surprised everyone by resigning the very next day.
Liz Truss Resignation Effect on India: Britain’s third female Prime Minister Liz Truss on Thursday resigned from her post after a short tenure of just 6 weeks. India-UK could not get a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) done during her brief tenure at 10 Downing Street in the country’s capital London. Liz Truss had been describing herself as a ‘fighter’ in Parliament until Wednesday, just a day earlier, and said she was not a ‘missing responsibility’ person. However, not even 24 hours passed that he announced his resignation from his post.
Truss has been in favor of strong ties with India
Liz Truss, as Britain’s foreign and trade minister, advocated strong bilateral ties with India. Even after becoming the Prime Minister, she was looking forward to moving forward with India. Truss knocked out 10 Downing Street last month by defeating former Indian-origin finance minister Rishi Sunak in the Conservative Party leadership election. She has become the shortest-serving prime minister in UK history by resigning after 45 days in office. Earlier in 1827, George Conning held this position for 119 days till his death.
Signed on ETP last year
On the India front, Truss, a former international trade minister in the Boris Johnson-led government, signed the India-UK Advanced Trade Partnership (ETP) in May last year. She was looking forward to continuing talks on the FTA, keeping in mind the deadline for the end of this year as a major post-Brexit achievement for Britain. He described India as a “big and important opportunity” and believes that India and the UK are “better placed with the dynamism that has been created in trade”.
Truss gave a big statement on ETP
Soon after signing the ETP, Truss said, “We are looking at a comprehensive trade agreement that covers everything from financial services to legal services, digital and data, commodities to agriculture.” We believe that there is a strong possibility of early signing of this agreement, which will reduce taxes on both sides, both sides will see the supply of their goods between each other. I reiterated that he was “very committed” to strengthening bilateral ties.
Truss was very committed to FTA
Truss had committed that it wants to do an India-UK FTA. He said that it is quite possible that this agreement will be done by Diwali, but by the end of this year it will be implemented in any case. Truss has been consistently pushing for enhanced defense and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region to achieve the goal of an ‘independent network’ and to counter China and Russia’s aggression. He promised that the UK Visa Administration would continue to attract “the best talent” from India.
Is the departure of the truss a setback for India?
Now the last question comes whether Liz Truss’s resignation is a setback for India. According to experts, it is not so because simply changing the Prime Minister will not change much in Britain’s policy towards India. Apart from this, India is an emerging world power and most countries of the world including Britain would like to have a good relationship with it. In such a situation, even if a ‘friend’ of India in the form of Liz Truss is removed from the post of PM, but whoever comes to this chair will also be a ‘friend’ of India.
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