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Sadiq Khan: Prime Minister got it 'badly wrong' over Indian student visas

Sadiq Khan today accused the Prime Minister of getting it ‘badly wrong’ when she scrapped visas allowing Indian students to work in the UK.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits Mani Bhavan, the residence of Mahatma Ghandi in Mumbai, India Credit: PA

London’s mayor, on a six day trip to India and Pakistan, called on Mrs May to reinstate the post-study work visas she scrapped in 2012.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits Mani Bhavan, the residence of Mahatma Ghandi in Mumbai, India Credit: PA

Former mayor Boris Johnson failed to persuade ministers to keep the visas system when he visited India on a trade mission five years ago.

India is regarded as a key target for a trade deal with the UK following Brexit. Indian companies already invest more in Britain than the 27 EU countries combined.

Mr Khan attacked the Prime Minister in a speech to business leaders and entrepreneurs in Mumbai.

I fully appreciate the real disappointment that many Indians have felt about the British Government’s decision to make it more difficult for Indians to gain visas to work and study in the UK.

The British Prime Minister – Theresa May – got it badly wrong with her decision to close this route a few years ago.

Because it’s not only led to a substantial drop in Indian students coming to our universities – it’s in danger of starving my city of great talent.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON