Rishi Raj ends in Britain, what will be the impact on India if Starmer becomes PM?

UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has taken charge as the UK Prime Minister after 14 years after a historic victory in the general elections. The Conservative Party led by Rishi Sunak suffered a crushing defeat in the recently concluded elections. As Keir Starmer is now in charge of the office, it will be interesting to see how the new leadership of Britain will impact India-UK relations. The 61-year-old Labour leader arrived at the Palace with his wife Victoria Starmer after leading his party to a landslide victory in the UK general election. Outgoing leader Rishi Sunak had conceded defeat to his Conservative Party.

What next for India-UK relations under Starmer?

Considering that the Labour Party, led by its former leader Jeremy Corbyn, had passed a resolution in its annual meeting in 2019 that a humanitarian crisis had been created in Kashmir when India revoked Article 370, the way forward for the relations between the two countries could be a mixed bag of surprises. In its resolution, the Labour Party emphasised that Kashmir should be given the right to self-determination. However, India opposed the resolution. The then Labour Party leader Keir Starmer had clarified that Kashmir is an internal matter between India and Pakistan. However, by then, the matter had worsened.

Starmer’s promises on India-UK relations

After the Labour Party’s inflammatory statements, Keir Starmer had then promised that he would improve relations with India. Amidst all these speculations, former Labour Party MP Virendra Sharma showed some optimism as he believes that India-UK relations will develop under Starmer’s rule.

The strength of Indian-origin MPs will increase in the House of Commons

In the last UK Parliament, six Labour MPs were of Indian origin. This time this number will double. Starmer is a balanced and practical leader. He will ensure that the relations between the two countries improve. However, Kshitij Vajpayee, an international affairs think tank, has warned that the journey ahead for relations between India and Britain may be challenging.

Starmer promises national renewal as UK’s new PM

Taking office after a landslide victory in the general election, Keir Starmer has promised a phase of “national renewal” in his prime ministership. As the Labour Party passed the half-mark of 650 constituencies in the early hours of Friday to secure the minimum 326 seats needed for a majority in parliament, Starmer stepped out to deliver his victory speech in London. “Change starts now,” he said. “A mandate like that comes with a huge responsibility. Our task is nothing less than to renew the ideas that hold this country together. National renewal. Whoever you are, wherever you start in life, if you work hard, if you play by the rules, this country must give you a fair chance to get on, it must always respect your contribution and we must restore that.”

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