Gov’t to ensure all rights of Poles post-Brexit: official

While Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki is on his way to Brussels to discuss Brexit deadline postponement to June 30, Polish government spokesperson Joanna Kopcińska said that the government will ensure that all the rights of Poles living and working in the post-Brexit UK remain the same as before.

For his part, Poland’s deputy Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Marcin Ociepa voiced his concern with what he dubbed a “hard, mad” Brexit and said that Poland is for an orderly, thoughtful one.

The deputy minister also pointed out that Brexit may be a return incentive for Poles. That is what the official encourages Poles in the UK to do, especially because Polish entrepreneurs may register their companies in Poland.

“We don’t want to discourage people from economic activity in the UK or from upholding relations with the Brits, however, we also wish to explicitly tell Polish entrepreneurs that the African, American and Asian markets are wide open. Within the Polish Investment and Trade Agency [PAIH] and the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development [PARP] frameworks, we have prepared a large number of instruments to support Polish entrepreneurs’ market shift,” said the minister.

The Polish Finance Ministry has prepared a law that secures the interest of Polish clients of the British financial institutions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The regulation envisages continuous fulfillment of pre-hard Brexit credit agreements, insurances, bank outsourcing and the like. The law in the making also regulates financial monitoring of financial institutions in the UK.

Mr Ociepa stressed that Poland is consistent in its conviction that Brexit is a bad option both for the UK and the EU, but if it takes place “we need to be prepared for it and it should progress in an orderly manner.” The deputy minister also stressed that a “rational Brexit” is impossible to be achieved by the end of March.

Seeing the UK back out from Brexit is not that unlikely, according to Mr Ociepa, who nonetheless underscored that “this might be a pious wish… The sudden post-referendum awakening of Brits and their desire to go back on the decision is a myth. Polls do not attest to that,” adding that the British political class “respects the divorce referendum” and that it is hard to find a force bold enough that would speak about another one.

It was on Wednesday that the UK PM Theresa May approached the head of the European Council Donald Tusk with a formal motion of Brexit postponement until June 30. According to Mr Ociepa, everyone will suffer from Brexit.