#Poland urges EU to ‘compromise’ over #Brexit

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

premier_rp_beata_szydlo_w_parlamencie_ueBritish Prime Minister Theresa May hosed her Polish counterpart Beata Szydło in the first-ever summit of its kind. Military co-operation and the fate of 800,000 Poles living in the UK were at the heart of yesterday’s (28 November) meeting, writes Natalia Ziemblewicz.

“I am determined that Brexit will not weaken our relationship with Poland, rather it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen it”, said Mrs May. “It marks the start of a new chapter in our relations and we will work even more closely together to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead”, she added.

For her part, Mrs Szydło said that the EU must compromise to win a good Brexit deal for Britain and the rest of the Union. “Warsaw will certainly be one of the capitals which will participate in Brexit negotiations in a constructive and down-to-earth manner”, Mrs Szydło wrote in Monday’s Daily Telegraph.

EU citizens’ post-Breixt rights
Poland is the most common country of birth for migrants in Britain. Thus, it is not surprising that high on the agenda was the fate of 800,000 Poles living in the UK.

Mrs May has ensured her Polish counterpart that she will guarantee the rights of Poles and other Europeans in the UK post-Brexit “so long as the rights of British citizens living across the EU are guaranteed.”

Picture tweeted by PM Beata SzydloAt the same time, Warsaw has raised concerns about attacks directed against the Polish community in the UK, including the murder of Arkadiusz Jóźwik in Essex. Mrs May expressed “her strong condemnation of the attacks” and underlined that “hate crime of any kind has absolutely no place in British society.”

British troops in Poland to bolster Nato’s eastern flank
Britain says it will send 150 troops to Poland near the border with Kaliningrad, where Russia has stationed a nuclear-capable missile system. Both Poland and the UK want sanctions against Russia to continue. According to Mrs Szydło, they must not be lifted until the Minsk agreement has been implemented.

“We share a clear commitment to take our co-operation to the next lever and to firmly establish the UK and Poland as resolute and strategic allies in Europe”, said Mrs May. “We must ensure the resilience of troubled countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as security needs of central and eastern Europe against growing Russian ambitions of influence in the region”, added Mrs Szydło.

‘This we will never forget’
Both Mrs Szydło and Mrs May praised the British-Polish alliance in fighting the Nazis. “Our ties with Poland are rooted deeply in our shared history. We will never forget the Polish pilots who braved the skies alongside us during World War Two, standing up for freedom and democracy in Europe, nor the valuable contribution made by so many Poles in our country today”, said Mrs May.

“The Second World War wove our fates together in the most dramatic circumstances (…). It was in London where, thanks to the hospitality offered to the Government-in-Exile, the continuity of the free Republic of Poland had been preserved”, added Polish PM. “This we will never forget.”

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