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Polish PM urges EU leaders to help Britain’s May over Brexit: Daily Telegraph

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Grzegorz Siwicki 20.12.2018 11:00
Poland's prime minister has called on European Union leaders to help Britain’s Theresa May navigate the "storm" of Brexit, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
PM Mateusz MorawieckiPM Mateusz MorawieckiPhoto: Tracz/KPRM (Public Domain)

In an interview with the British newspaper, Mateusz Morawiecki said: “It is likely that Mrs. May’s chance of winning the vote in the House of Commons will depend on EU leaders’ attitude towards the UK.”

He added: “This attitude must remain unequivocally supportive, for British citizens will then, in turn, be more inclined to be more responsive to Brussels.”

Morawiecki stressed the need for continued friendly relations between London and Brussels after Brexit.

Polish-British talks in London

Morawiecki and May were on Thursday set to meet in London along with some of their government ministers as part of their countries’ “intergovernmental consultations.”

Poland and Britain in June discussed ways of enhancing their “strategic foreign, defence and security partnership” during annual talks between senior government officials.

Poland and Britain last December signed a treaty on defence and security cooperation as ministers from the two countries held intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw on issues including bilateral relations, Brexit and security, with Polish government ministers meeting their British counterparts.

No-deal Brexit would be worst-case scenario: Polish FM

Poland is advocating a flexible EU approach to Britain because a no-deal Brexit would be the "worst solution," the Polish foreign minister said earlier this month.

British Prime Minister Theresa May last week postponed a parliamentary vote on a Brexit agreement she had negotiated with the European Union to avoid a situation where “the deal would be rejected by a significant margin.”

May told the House of Commons in London that she would return to Brussels to seek more concessions.

But the European Commission said it did not intend to renegotiate the agreement.

Meanwhile, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on December 10 that Britain was free to reverse its decision to leave the bloc.

Britain started the process of leaving the European Union last year, with a final divorce date set for March 29, 2019.

Figures from Britain’s Office for National Statistics show that some 985,000 Poles lived in Britain in June this year, down from 1.02 million in December last year, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency has reported.


Source: telegraph.co.uk, IAR

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