British Minister: Bulgarians in the UK have no Cause for ConcernOpinions | December 15, 2017, Friday // 12:03| views
"There are no reasons to be worried, there are more than 85,000 Bulgarians in the United Kingdom - we want them to stay, we will give them appropriate status, if they want. We want Bulgarians to feel the UK to be a preferred destination. " This was said in front of bTV by British Trade Minister Greg Hands, who is visiting Bulgaria.
Regarding the opportunities for Bulgarians to work in the UK, he explained that this would be part of a comprehensive future immigration policy for the British government. "The United Kingdom wants to remain an open country, especially in terms of trade relations, we want to ensure that our companies will accept the smartest," said Hands. "This is the British people's decision, we have organized a referendum, most people have voted for Brexit, we are a British government, and our task is to fulfill what our people wished, and we try to do it in a spirit of cooperation," he said in response to questioning whether he regrets Britain's decision to leave the EU.
"We are leaving the EU, but that does not mean leaving Europe, we are confident that our future relationship with the EU will be marvelous," said Greg Hands.
"Very soon the UK will be Europe's largest trading partner, there will be much more trade with the UK than with the US and China, for example. We need to reach bargain-free trade agreements that work smoothly and to ensure the smooth flow of people and services, "said the British Minister of Trade.
"In the financial framework ending at the end of 2020, the United Kingdom guarantees its payments, so no country will have to pay more or receive less. This is a very good offer because we go out in 2019 "said Hands, who asked who would pay more for the British exit from the union - the EU or the United Kingdom.
"Britain will remain a great friend of Bulgaria, we have a long history of relations in support of Bulgaria, my task is to help develop the trade between the two countries, and it is developing very quickly, as many British companies have offices here. We expect to see how the Bulgarian presidency will run, next year the United Kingdom will still be a member of the EU and expect to work with Bulgaria on important issues like the Western Balkans, "said Hands.
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