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India Wants U.K. Trade Pact by October, Easier Worker Visas

  • U.K. to seek duty cut on Scotch, British whiskey, automobiles
  • Both nations formally launched trade negotiations early 2022
Boris Johnson, right, and Narendra Modi.

Boris Johnson, right, and Narendra Modi.

Photographer: Christopher Furlong/AFP/Getty Images

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India is keen to finalize a trade pact with Britain by October and will seek easier access to visas for skilled workers and students when U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the country later this week, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. 

Johnson, who kicks off a two-day visit starting Thursday, will discuss lowering import duty on Scotch and other British whiskey in his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the person said, asking not to be identified as the discussions aren’t public. The two leaders are likely to set a deadline for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, the person added.