Leading the largest official delegation to the subcontinent since the end of the British Raj, British prime minister David Cameron, currently on a two-day visit to India, is planning to offer India a direct say in drawing up Britain's new immigration policy to address fears of a proposed cap adversely impacting trade links between the two countries.
The British government is making it clear that Britain would consult New Delhi on a proposed cap on non-EU immigration in what is to be defined a new ''spirit of humility'' approach towards India.
Cameron's trip to India opens with a speech to business leaders in Bangalore today. The British prime minister is set to launch a new chapter in relations with New Delhi when he declares that Britain needs to go beyond the links dating back to the days of the Raj and forge a new relationship with India, the 12th largest economy in the world.
According to a report in The Guardian newspaper, commerce minister Anand Sharma told Cameron in Downing Street that the cap would adversely affect trade relations.
The proposed cap on non-EU immigration has been the subject much heated debate within the British cabinet. The measure would be effective from next April. Home secretary, Theresa May has imposed a temporary cap of 24,100.
According to analysts, the signals indicate that British government accepts the importance of India to improve trade links, which currently stand at a modest £11.5 billion a year.