UK Immigration Visas, social security delay UK trade talks
UK Immigration: There are delays in the trade talks between India and the UK. Even though the goods side appears to be moving forward, British negotiators have made only limited progress on making it easier for Indians to move around on work and business visas.
The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has led to significant changes in the way that the UK and EU interact, including changes to visa requirements and social security arrangements for citizens traveling between the two entities. These changes have led to delays in trade talks between the UK and EU, as the two sides continue to negotiate the terms of their future relationship. The issue of citizens’ rights and social security coordination are considered to be among the most difficult issues to resolve in the negotiations.
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In particular, the issue of visa-free travel for citizens has been a major point of contention in the trade talks. The EU has called for the UK to adopt a more liberal approach to visa requirements for EU citizens, while the UK Immigration has argued for stricter controls to limit immigration. The disagreement has led to delays in the talks, as the two sides continue to negotiate a compromise.
Social security coordination is another complex issue being discussed in the trade talks. The EU has called for the UK to continue to participate in the EU social security system, while the UK has proposed a more limited arrangement. This issue is also considered to be difficult to resolve as it has implications on citizens’ rights and is related to the overall economic relationship between the UK Immigration and EU Immigration.
Overall, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has created many challenges and complexities in the trade talks, including issues related to citizens’ rights and social security coordination. Both sides continue to negotiate these issues, but it remains to be seen if they will be able to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
Under the terms of the proposed free trade agreement (FTA), Indian negotiators have repeatedly stated to their British counterparts that the talks are about the movement of personnel and professionals and have nothing to do with immigration. However, there has been a perception that the UK Immigration is unwilling to relax regulations for genuine business employees.
On the other hand, the Indian side believes that contributions to social security should be refunded or that contributions made in India should be credited. However, little progress has been made on this front thus far. An official stated, “There has been some progress in the talks, but there has not been much progress on the services side,” adding that proposals are still under consideration. According to TOI, a different official who is familiar with the negotiations stated that some of the issues were addressed by