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Indian students appeal to U.K. PM Boris Johnson in historic English test visa row

The scandal relates to the Test of English for International Communication, a compulsory requirement in some student visa cases.

Several Indian students are among over 200 overseas student signatories of a letter delivered to the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street in London on Thursday, seeking justice in the wake of being accused of cheating in a compulsory English language test six years ago.

The scandal, believed to have impacted around 34,000 international students, relates to the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), a compulsory requirement in some student visa cases. Many of the students caught up in the row are Indian and have consistently maintained their innocence and have been lobbying the government for a chance to prove their innocence.

We were innocent but our visas were refused or revoked and the government gave us no way to defend ourselves. Our futures were destroyed and we

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Boris Johnson Wants Scope to Boost Government Intervention, Rattling Brexit Talks

For decades, Britain’s Conservative Party politicians decried the European Union for its supposed aversion to free markets.

Now trade negotiations that will define the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU from next year have stalled, in large part because Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants the freedom to ignore EU rules limiting state subsidies of private companies.

With trade talks restarting Tuesday, and little sign of quick progress, this impasse is increasing fears among officials on both sides that a trade deal won’t be secured by the end of the year, resulting in tariffs and a host of other barriers to trade amounting to $800 billion annually. Mr. Johnson said his government would walk away from talks if a deal isn’t reached by Oct. 15.

“If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free-trade agreement between us,” Mr. Johnson said

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