Boris to use ‘personal’ Modi connect for better ties with India


London: Boris Johnson, the new British Prime Minister, is expected to rely on his declared personal connect with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver a “truly special” UK-India relationship and strike a “new and improved” trading relationship.

The 55-year-old senior Tory MP, who is seen as the face of Brexit for the ruling Conservative Party, had made a special effort to reach out to the Indian diaspora base of the party during the month-long leadership race and pledged not only closer trade ties but also easier access for Indian professionals and students.

“Boris is committed to securing a new and improved trading relationship with our friends in India and ensuring that the values we share the rule of law, democracy and dynamic entrepreneurial spirit should be at the heart of one of our most important partners on the global stage,” said Priti Patel, one of the senior-most Indian-origin Tory MPs, who is expected to be a part of the new premier’s ministerial team as a key member of the Back Boris campaign.

In a letter earlier this month, Johnson had played up his personal relationship with Prime Minister Modi as he promised to deliver a “truly special UK-India relationship”.

“When I was with Prime Minister Modi, I stressed that the UK and India are two modern democracies who should work closely together to promote trade and prosperity, improve global security and tackle the challenges our countries face,” Johnson wrote in an open letter addressed to the Indian diaspora Tory membership base.

If I am elected Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, I will work closely with our friends in the Indian Government, business and society to deliver a truly special UK-India relationship, he said.