„I hope that Britain will return to the EU because when a divorce is seen as difficult, both sides should decide that it is better to reunite. But this is only optimism”, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in a statement in the Cabinet of Ministers after a meeting with the chief negotiator for the EU accession of the EU, Michel Barnier. “There are many Britons already in Bulgaria. The rules of the common market must be respected. I hope in several spheres also to find a balance not only that the UK is one of the major members of NATO, it is also important for the military cooperation and the security sphere. Special services must work in full coordination with the UK. Brexit will be difficult because we have a plan and a framework, but the political declaration has to be prepared over these six months, so that every detail will be solved during this period”, Borissov said.
“I hope that in the next six months we will achieve the best in the negotiations for Brexit. Only a few days ago I spoke with Theresa May about securing the rights of the Bulgarians who are there for life. When the divorce happen, I will negotiate the next conditions for which we can not speak now for reason we do not know the parameters after Brexit. Now Bulgarian citizens in the UK need to know that we have agreed that their rights will be fully protected”, Borissov said. According to him, the social, financial and economic pledge is very large for both Europe and the UK. “If the right steps are not taken for Brexit, we can have billions of damage or human destinies to be put at a crossroads”, he said.
“10 billion euro per year will be missing in the European Commission’s budget. We have to make enormous efforts. Michel Barnier is on our side for Cohesion Policy. At the last Council, we talked about having a common fund on the subject of migration, common European defense, agricultural policy, cohesion. But 10 billion euros are missing and the money should be carefully and precisely distributed”, said Boyko Borissov.
“In March, we will start talks with the British about our future ties”, said EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier after a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. “During these negotiations, which began in June, the Bulgarian presidency will be extremely important. We put an end to the first stage of the negotiations. We agreed with the United Kingdom on the terms of our partition”, Barnier said. “A few days before the start of the Bulgarian Presidency, I had the opportunity to meet MPs from the Bulgarian National Assembly as well as representatives of the trade unions. I will also be able to meet with employers’ representatives during this public debate that we have decided to take everywhere in the EU. This is a discussion about Brexit and the practical implementation of this decision. Last Friday, I was honored to take part in the meeting of EU Heads of State”, said the chief negotiator for Brexit.
“One of the topics concerns Bulgaria and this is a topic that the Bulgarian Prime Minister has repeatedly touched upon. This is the subject of the situation of Bulgarian citizens who live and work in the UK. They are tens of thousands, but at the same time there are also British citizens who have decided to live in Bulgaria. Together with the British, we have reached an agreement that will become a contract for leaving the United Kingdom so that the rights of all these citizens can be clearly and categorically guaranteed. Their right to reside in the United Kingdom, to receive social services, the portability of social rights when they return home, the right to family reunification will be kept”, he added. According to him, all these citizens will have rights that will be guaranteed for life. “I am talking about the citizens who have made the choice today to live in the UK or the British who have decided to live in Bulgaria. This result is extremely important. We managed to achieve this during the negotiations with the British and with an agreement of all EU members”, said Michel Barnier.
“As the UK chose to leave the EU, we must find a means of cooperating in the areas of defense, security and the fight against terrorism. After the UK finally leaves the EU, we will start the negotiations in the transition period in February, and a little later in March we will start a conversation with the British on our future relations. These future links also touch on the subject of economics, trade and the free trade agreement”, Barnier said. According to the chief negotiator for Brexit Britain and the EU have also talked about the European budget from 2014-2020. “On the basis of this agreement, we must sign the exit agreement in October, we must decide what the transition period will be. In March we will start talking with the British about our future connections. Together with the British we have to trade, but in good conditions. Cooperation on aviation, justice and stability on our continent should be developed. I thank Boyko Borissov for his engagement. I think Bulgaria is well prepared. The main topic on the agenda will be the continuation of the negotiations with the United Kingdom”, Barnier said.