Ahead of her crucial meeting in Brussels on December 5, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK is “building a strategic partnership with Poland… that will outlast our exit” from the European Union.

Polish-British governmental talks are scheduled to take place in Warsaw on December 21.

May told Poland’s PAP news agency that the UK was “building a strategic partnership with Poland from a base of shared history and deep ties of friendship that will outlast our exit from the EU”.

According to Radio Poland, May said Poland was important to the UK and that the countries’ partnership was “broad, vibrant and diverse and we both share a steadfast commitment to Europe’s security and defence”.

“Following our last meeting we have British troops stationed in Poland, delivering part of Nato’s enhanced forward presence and signalling our determination to front up to aggression in the region. We work hand-in-hand across the foreign policy spectrum,” she added.

May also said that trade between Poland and the UK was growing.

“In 2016, the UK was Poland’s second largest export destination and almost 10% of Polish food and agriculture exports end up in British shops,” May said.

May reiterated that ensuring EU citizens’ rights in the UK and UK citizens’ rights in the EU was her “first priority”.

“The one million Polish citizens and 30,000 Polish businesses who have made a home in the UK have made a huge economic, social and cultural contribution to the fabric of our country… No EU citizen legally living in the UK needs to worry,” she said.