On the penultimate evening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki told CNN that he regrets UK’s opt-out from the EU.
“When it comes to Brexit – our proposal is the same as 27 countries of the EU. We are more than united in this case. Nonetheless, I must emphasise that I regret that the UK is leaving the EU,” said Mr Morawiecki.
Poland’s PM told CNN that Poland supports the deal negotiated by Michel Barnier and expressed his hope that UK will not leave the EU. PM Morawiecki also said that a procedure of leave-time extension exists, after which the UK would have to leave the EU. Whether such an extension would be possible, is contingent on UK PM Theresa May’s proposal.
The Polish PM also expressed his joy at the fact that more and more Poles who have emigrated to the UK, are returning to Poland. Mr Morawiecki added that Poland’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the EU.
EC painted Poland’s judiciary reform political
“We introduced changes in our legal order. The procedure of appointing judges is less dependent on decisions of political bodies. Notwithstanding, the EU Commission states that the rule of law is still under threat in my country,” said PM Morawiecki, referring to the judiciary reform introduced by Poland’s government much-contested by the European Commission (EC).
Mr Morawiecki said that the conflict between Warsaw and the EC over the reform continues because the latter “politicised the issue”. Nevertheless, he also said that the Polish government has introduced the changes demanded by the EC and the Court of Justice of the European Union, namely the reinstatement of judges retired with accordance to provisions of the now amended Supreme Court law.
“There is a lack of understanding what is happening in Poland by our western neighbours,” said Mr Morawiecki. “They were on the right side of the Iron Curtain. We introduce reforms to be as efficient as in the other, western legal systems.”