Ahead of a debate on the farmers’ protest in the UK Parliament on March 8, British high commissioner Alex Ellis on Friday said that the ongoing agitation is the country’s “internal issue” and it is for India to resolve.
This latest development comes after the House of Commons Petitions Committee had confirmed that the British lawmakers will debate the issue of press freedom and safety of protesters in India in response to an e-petition that had crossed the 1,00,000-signature threshold required for such a debate. Asked about the planned debate in the British Parliament at his first media briefing since taking over last month, Ellis described the protest by farmers against three farm laws as an “internal issue for India”. The debate was scheduled in response to a public petition and “issues related to India are quite regularly debated in our Parliament”, he added. Ellis said more such debates around the world should be expected as India takes on a greater role on the global stage.