Despite the processes that take place between the European Union and the United Kingdom, Bulgaria expects that the UK will remain a strategic partner for the Union on key issues, such as security and the fight against terrorism. This was pointed out by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in front of his British counterpart Theresa May, on whose invitation he is on a working visit to London.
The two discussed the cooperation on migration and security. Appreciation was expressed for the interactions between the intelligence services of Bulgaria and the UK.
Borissov pointed out that he expects London's support for the integration of the Western Balkan countries. In his words, their inclusion into the family of democratic values is the greatest guarantee for a successful, secure, and peaceful development of the European continent. “People in this region expect us to show them that Europe thinks about them,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister.
We are leaving the EU, but not Europe, commented Prime Minister Theresa May. She pointed out that, as a former British Minister of Interior, she appreciates the efforts by Bulgaria in tackling the migrant crisis in Europe and the fight against serious crime. “That is why I thank you and Bulgaria for your help in our common fight against organized crime, terrorism, and trafficking in human beings,” said Theresa May.
The preservation of the rights of Bulgarian citizens living permanently in the United Kingdom after Brexit was also discussed.