India Will Become British Prime Minister’s First Major Travel Destination After Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India next month. It will be the first major trip abroad for the Prime Minister, who took office in July 2019, and also the first after the British departure from the European Union.
The kingdom formally left the union at the beginning of this year, but in practice, this happens after the transition phase that ends on December 31.
Johnson wants to strengthen the commercial partnership with India and also work more closely on climate issues, defence, and healthcare, according to his Downing Street staff. Johnson has been invited by his Indian colleague Narendra Modi.
According to British figures, the fair trade relations with India account for half a million jobs in the (home) country. In the healthcare field, India also plays a leading role worldwide, producing an estimated more than half of all vaccines against the dreaded coronavirus.
The country will make more than a billion doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Production will be undertaken by the Serum Institute of India in Poona (also spelt Puna) in West India.
Johnson will also attend the parade on India’s National Day on January 26, Republic Day. It was then 70 years ago that the Constitution of India came into force and the country became a republic. The constitution replaced the British Government of India Act of 1935.
The country gained independence from the British Empire in 1947 but did not have a constitution and head of state at the time. It is only the second time that a British Prime Minister has attended the National Day in New Delhi. The first time was John Major in 1993.