British Prime Minister Theresa May poses for a photograph before a bilateral meeting with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at 10 Downing Street in London on November 2, 2016. / AFP / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH
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British Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a major business delegation to India this week, using her first trip outside Europe since the Brexit vote to push for more trade with the world's fastest-growing major economy.Although growth has slowed recently, the International Monetary Fund has forecast GDP will expand by 7.6 percent in the 2016-17 financial year.Despite their historical ties from the colonial era, bilateral trade is at a relative low level, measuring 14 billion dollars last year -- smaller than the volume of trade between India and Germany. The restrictions, brought in by May in her previous job as interior minister, have led to a near 50 percent fall in the number of Indian students enrolling in British universities, according to Swarup.The analyst Jaishankar said May would have to tread carefully, knowing the Indian government would like to see an easing of the restrictions but aware that immigration is now a toxic political issue among British voters.
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