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India and the UK are two of the largest economies on the planet. India-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a natural next step for both countries with prospects of new technologies, growing businesses and better jobs for citizens. Examine.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

2 . India and the UK are two of the largest economies on the planet. India-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a natural next step for both countries with prospects of new technologies, growing businesses and better jobs for citizens. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The sixth round of negotiations between senior officials of India and the UK for a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) will begin here on Monday.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the advantages of FTA for India-U.K while taking in to account potential bottlenecks.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about FTA in the context of India-U.K relations.

Body:

In first part, give the historical ties between the two nations in brief and current status of bilateral relations.

Next, write about potential benefits of FTA for both the countries especially in aftermath of the disruptions caused by Brexit and Covid-19 pandemic. Mention trade, diaspora, collaboration etc.

Mention, the potential bottlenecks such as non-tariff barriers, IP protection and Tariff’s etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward for the potential realisation of the FTA.