May to Take Small Businesses on Trade Visit to India in November

  • Three-day visit will start with tech conference in New Delhi
  • Government aims to pitch itself as looking outward to world

Theresa May will take small-business representatives with her when she travels to India in November for what will be her first trade mission since becoming U.K. prime minister.

The three-day visit will be part of May’s efforts to promote Britain as a nation that’s looking outward as it leaves the European Union. Her Conservative Party’s conference this month left many with questions about that, as policy announcements focused on discouraging companies from employing immigrants. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox will accompany the premier on the trip.

“As we leave the European Union, we have the chance to forge a new global role for the U.K. -- to look beyond our continent and towards the economic and diplomatic opportunities in the wider world,” May said in an e-mailed statement. “I am determined to capitalize on those opportunities, and as we embark on the trade mission to India we will send the message that the U.K. will be the most passionate, most consistent, and most convincing advocate for free trade.”

May will visit New Delhi on Nov. 6 before traveling elsewhere in India, her office said, without giving details. She’ll open a technology conference aimed at promoting links between Britain and India. Her office said her focus will be on taking with her smaller businesses that need more support in exporting.