Tory MPs are expressing concerns over Chancellor Rishi Sunak's plan to grant India thousands of student visas as part of a trade deal between the two countries. Insiders fear that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demands in exchange for tariff reductions on UK goods and access to India's lucrative markets for the service industry. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks, potentially leading to an increase in migration numbers from India on top of last year's 606,000 arrivals.
MPs threaten revolt over rising migration numbers
Tory MPs from the Red Wall and New Conservative Group are incensed by the potential increase in migrant numbers through student visas, in addition to the already high number of small boat crossings. Some MPs have indicated that they may force a vote in Parliament on the trade deal, drawing parallels to the vote held last year over the Australian trade agreement. Others have even suggested a vote strike to express their frustration over the lack of a strategy to reduce migration numbers.
A Tory source revealed that Suella Braverman, Home Secretary, shares the concerns of these MPs but believes the final decision rests with the Prime Minister.
Chancellor Sunak is scheduled to travel to India for G20 meetings in two weeks' time and hopes to finalize the trade deal with Prime Minister Modi before next year's UK elections.
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