Days after he joined a small group of MP’s who fought in vain to strike down Theresa May’s ill-conceived Brexit Bill, popular British Indian MP Virendra Sharma has led a delegation to India attempting, in a sense, to make the very best of a bad situation.
Mr Sharma – the MP for Ealing Southall and Chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group – was joined by 8 other MP’s and peers on the trip which was aimed at exploring potential post-Brexit opportunities for the UK and India.
India is one of the world’s fastest growing and dynamic economies. However, there is widespread confusion – despite assurances by Brexiteers that the “world would trade with the UK” – about the kind of post-Brexit trade deals the UK would get from countries such as India.
On Tuesday, Mr Sharma and his delegation met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the potential for increased trade and cooperation in key sectors.
The cross-party delegation led by Mr Sharma is also made up of Jonathan Reynolds MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, Edward Argar MP, Oliver Dowden MP, Marie Rimmer MP, Bob Blackman MP and Lord Northbrook.
Among the other issues discussed by the delegation is the eradication of Tuberculosis – an issue that Mr Sharma has long been passionate about – as well as Prime Minister Modi’s demonetization programme and its impact on the British Indian Diaspora community.