India will not compromise on a free trade agreement with Britain just to meet a deadline, says Piyush Goyal


New Delhi: Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said the government will not compromise national interests in talks on free trade agreements (FTAs) just to meet timelines as the Diwali deadline to conclude trade talks with Britain approaches.

“Free trade agreements are concluded after thorough consultation with all stakeholders, including industry, and the government will not deviate from this approach due to deadlines,” he said.

Goyal addressed a meeting with key members of export promotion councils and industry associations to discuss the performance of India’s exports in the first half of this financial year.

Goyal’s comments follow those of British Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who expressed skepticism about a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with India on immigration, citing Indians as the largest group of people overstaying their visas in the UK.

In an interview with “The Spectator” on Thursday, the minister expressed concern about what he expected to be an open-borders immigration policy and appeared to imply that he would not get government support for a trade deal that would give India additional visa benefits.

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