Theresa May urges deeper ties with India as UK prepares to leave the EU

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British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held talks on Monday aimed at strengthening ties between their countries as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

May said: "As we leave the EU, we want to ensure that the UK remains one of the most attractive countries in the world to do business and invest.

The UK and India are natural partners and I want to achieve more together, recognising the untapped potential of this relationship and building a partnership that works for our shared security and shared prosperity."

PM visit to India
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May is visiting India as the head of a 33-strong UK business delegation, with the aim to bring down existing barriers to commercial links as well as paving the way for a free trade deal after Britain leaves the EU.

May said deals worth £1 billion had been sealed during the visit, creating more than 1,300 jobs in the UK.

Memorandums of understanding were also signed on intellectual property rights and the ease of doing business in India, and the two leaders agreed to co-operate on cyber-security and tackling violent extremists online.