Brexit trade talks with India

Today the UK starts post-Brexit trade talks with India. Business Secretary Sajid Javid is visiting India later today for the first trade talks since Britain voted to leave the European Union. Mr. Javid will meet Indian government officials in Delhi to discuss how the trading relationship with India might work with the UK outside the European Union. Britain said it would start preliminary talks with India on Friday about an eventual bilateral trade deal after last month's referendum vote to leave the European Union, which has forced London to rethink its trade ties with the rest of the world. Business Secretary Sajid Javid also said Britain would have as many as 300 trade specialists in place before the end of the year, up from about 100 now, as the country tries to increase its firepower to operate as a solo trading nation. Britain has negotiated its trade deals through the EU for decades. "Following the referendum result, my absolute priority is making sure the UK has the tools it needs to continue to compete on the global stage," Javid said in a statement.