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Why allow British Parliament to meddle in the internal affairs of India

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New Delhi: After the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had issued a strongly worded  statement defending the new farm laws introduced by the Modi Government as “reformist legislation” aimed to help the agriculture sector and blasted the vested interest groups abroad for fanning violence in India through the farmers protest , the British Parliament, on Monday 8 March 2021, went ahead and discussed a petition on India’s farm laws, farmers’ agitation, human rights and freedom of press.

Taking strong exception to Britain meddling in the internal affairs of India on the pretext of defending human rights and peaceful protest, India’s Foreign Secretary even summoned the British High Commissioner and conveyed strong opposition to the “unwarranted and tendentious discussion on India’s agricultural reforms in the British Parliament.

The petition that was taken up for discussion in the British Parliament  urged the Indian Government to ensure safety of protestors & press freedom. It asserted that the Government must make a public statement on the farmers’ protests & press freedom.

Besides the Indian Foreign Secretary’s stiff message to the British envoy in Delhi, even the Harrow East member of British Parliament Bob Blackman has come down heavily and questioned the locus standi of British MPs to discuss Indian farm laws and the farmers’ protest in British Parliament.

UK and Switzerland confirm participation in revised government procurement pact

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Geneva: Switzerland and the United Kingdom have completed the final step for making their respective participation in the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) effective. As of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for Switzerland, and the UK will be a party to the accord in its own right.  

Switzerland submitted the so-called “instrument of acceptance” to the WTO on 2 December. This means that, as of 1 January 2021, the revised GPA will be in force for all GPA parties. The Government Procurement Agreement opens government procurement markets among its parties. The revised GPA, in force since 2014, expands the number of governmental entities, such as ministries and agencies, that are covered by the Agreement, and adds new services. The text of the revised agreement can be found here.

The same day, the UK submitted the so-called “instrument of accession” to the WTO. This means that the UK will take part in the GPA in its own right from 1 January 2021. The UK continues to be covered by the agreement during the European Union-UK transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020. It is treated as a member state of the European Union during the transition period.

Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson wins UK election

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London: Friday the 13th has brought defeat to the Jeremy Corbyn led main opposition Labour party in the UK election that has returned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party to power with a thumping majority.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratuled to British PM Boris Johnson for his return with a thumping majority and wished him the best stating he is looking forward to working together for closer India-UK ties.

The US president Donald Trump also has congratulated Johnson on his “great WIN!” Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT, Trump has tweeted adding ‘This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!’

Australian PM reiterates commitment to work with Britain in the fight against terrorism

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London: Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull said here on Tuesday that the focus of the visit with the British government has been continuing our work in the fight against terrorism.

Turnbull was addressing a press conference. he said it was very moving to visit, with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the London Bridge and the Borough Market to see where those brave young Australian women were killed and to see the men, the police officers that sought to revive them.

The Australian Prime Minister said that he admires the resilience of that community and the determination of the British people and of course all the Australians that are part of this community, not to be cowed by terrorism; to stand up, defy them and defeat them as we are doing in the field and as the Metropolitan Police did in the Borough Market where we stood.

Briefing the media on his meeting with Queen Elizabeth; the republic; innovation; trade; emissions; Liberal Party, Turnbull especially spoke about his “successful visit” to the G20, to France and to the United Kingdom.

The G20 Summit was able to secure unanimous support for a strong statement on counter-terrorism and in particular on ensuring that there will not be ungoverned spaces online. The rule of law will prevail online and offline, Turnbull said and asserted that this is a very strong commitment.

Turnbull talked of his meeting with President Jokowi of Indonesia. He gave his commitment to concluding an Australia-Indonesia trade agreement by the end of the year.

We are working to get a free trade agreement with the European Union, Turnbull said adding he had a meeting with the President of the Commission and the European Council, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. They made a commitment too, supported by other European leaders like Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and others, to get that agreement settled before Britain leaves the EU sometime in 2019.

Earlier in his remarks at a business roundtable breakfast on Tuesday, Turnbull underscored the mutual trust, shared values and historic ties between the UK and Australia and said both nations are committed to driving strong economic growth.

Turnbull said there is no more trusted relationship at every level than we have with the UK. Whether it is at the level of family – most Australians have some ancestors in the UK and about five per cent of Australians were born in the UK – and of course our security ties.

The Prime Minister recalled spending part of Monday with the former head of MI5 in the Cobra Briefing Room underneath Whitehall with the Joint Intelligence Committee. Once there, Turnbull said, it did occur to him that 30 years ago, if he had found his way into a basement under Whitehall, he might not have been let out.

Turnbull also said: “I’m sitting next to the former head of MI5. There were days when your predecessors wouldn’t have liked to have been with me.”

Emphasisng the importance of trust, shared values, shared interest, the Australian PM said “our growth, our economy, is much more diverse than it’s ever been. It is very much driven by our access to the big Asian markets, not just in exporting commodities, but services, agricultural products, food products. The economic growth in Tasmania for example, which has had tough economic times for a long time, is entirely driven by the export opportunities we’ve created.”

Focusing on his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, the Australian leader said that he had expressed great optimism for what she was going to achieve in the post-Brexit environment because of her commitment to Britain being an open trading economy, open to the world, recognizing just as the Australians do that the more opportunities there are for businesses to get out there and grow, the more opportunities for other businesses to come and invest with us and partner with us, and the stronger we’ll be.