India huge part of post-Brexit calculus, says UK envoy Alex Ellis

Speaking at a recent session organised by one of India's leading public policy bodies Ananta Aspen Centre, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis has noted that the UK should transform its relations with India due to a changing world.

"Brexit has encouraged the UK to look abroad, and India is a huge part of that calculus," Ellis said.

He has suggested that the fields of defence and security present the two countries scope for widening cooperation, with counterterrorism and cyberspace being other opportunities to expand the partnership.

Referring to the diaspora as a living bridge between the UK and India, he also says that Political leadership is a predominant factor in driving this relationship. In this context, he also referred to the UK-India Mobility Partnership and the presence of many British-Indians at high-level cabinet positions.

The British High Commissioner to India is currently on a trip to India, and his admiration for Indian food and culture can be seen in his recent Twitter updates.

He was seen indulging in a delicious plate of dosa and sambhar while he was visiting Banglore. And he twitted, "A great way to begin my first visit to Bengaluru."

Ellis could also be found exploring Maharashtra, where he tried Mumbai's iconic street food after getting in the festive mood by visiting a Ganapati workshop ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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