The UK Prime Minister travelled to India this week with the aim of strengthening defence and security ties with the country as well as the UK’s post-Brexit diplomatic links. Mr Johnson met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday, April 22, and has ordered British negotiators to push for a trade deal with “by Diwali in October”.
He is said to be hopeful of securing a trade deal, and has suggested that relaxed visa rules for highly-skilled Indian migrants could be offered in exchange for a quicker tariff-free trade deal.
As a result, Express.co.uk asked readers if they thought this was the right thing to do.
In a poll that ran from 9am on Thursday, April 21, to 1pm on Friday, April 22, Express.co.uk asked: “Is Boris right to increase immigration from India in exchange for a trade deal?”
A total of 8,965 people cast their votes with the overwhelming majority – 88 percent (7,834 people) – opting for “no”, Mr Johnson should not increase immigration from India in exchange for a trade deal.
Meanwhile, 11 percent (1,007 people) answered “yes” and one percent (124 people) said they did not know.
Thousands of comments were left below the accompanying article in a lively debate with readers sharing their thoughts on immigration.
One user, Pythagoras said: “I don’t think it is necessary. The quid pro quo on a trade deal is trade in the other direction.
“If India doesn’t want a trade deal for a trade deal then don’t make a trade deal with India.”
Username Thespokentruth wrote: “Have a trade deal yes but not at the expense of immigration.”
While username alavache said: “If it is agreed, any other trade deal the UK tries to negotiate with any other country afterwards, the other country will ask for the same.”
Another user, Canyouseeit? said: “NO we have more than enough immigrants.”
Some thought that this was the wrong decision to result from post-Brexit trade deals.
Username Gilli Pepper said: “I doubt this is what the British public expected.”
While username Imsopissedoff said: “This is one thing the remainers said would happen.
“Get rid of EU workers and the Government will do immigration deals in exchange for trade.”