News in brief: EU, UK nationals, India

News in brief
News in brief

UK nationals living abroad can register to vote in the EU referendum

Many UK nationals living in Sweden will be able to take part in the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The vote is due to take place by 31 December 2017 and, although the exact date is not yet known, you can already register to vote.

To register as an overseas elector you must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. You will need to know your National Insurance number and date of birth, and have your passport to hand if you have one. If you don’t have a National Insurance number you can still register, but you may have to supply more information to show who you are.

If you were too young when you left the UK to have been registered, then you can register as an overseas voter if your parents (or guardians) were registered in the UK in the last 15 years.

Register online to vote at - it takes less than five minutes.

UK and India strengthen financial, infrastructure and tech partnerships

The Chancellor George Osborne and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have reached a number of agreements to build on the economic relationship between the UK and India – focussing on financial services, infrastructure and technology.

The agreements, made at the eighth UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) in London, represent the shared ambition to strengthen mutual cooperation and further boost trade and investment between the two nations.

Osborne said: “The agreements we’ve made today are another important step in deepening economic ties between Britain and India. Working together across infrastructure and financial services we will be able to solve key shared challenges which will help us create growth in both of our economies.”

Agreements reached during the EFD include:

  • Indian National Infrastructure Partnership
  • Liberalising the Indian Legal Services Market
  • Rupee Bond Commitments
  • Fintech tie-ups
  • FirstGroup to provide shuttle buses at Indian IT park
  • The Tintometer - a leading UK supplier of water analysis equipment based in Wiltshire commits to £1m investment in India
  • Pell Frischmann wins consulting contracts in Mumbai
  • Dryden Aqua to install 5,000 drinking water systems in rural communities in £500,000 deal
  • FinTech accelerator ‘startupbootcamp’ to set-up in Mumbai
  • Diabetacare agrees £500,000 partnership with King George’s Medical University in Lucknow
  • DelAgua sign £700,000 water testing deal in West Bengal
  • CDE Global and Bhartia Family win £1 million processing plant contract
  • Templar Executives agrees security training partnership
  • Cambridge head-quartered security firm Darktrace opens up in Mumbai
  • Apollo Hospitals to partner with Health Education England
  • BRC Global Standards to expand into India