Just before the start of Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated that the UK should be given a chance, and that it would be worth prolonging Brexit by 2-3 months, without setting any conditions for London on that matter.
He said that the situation in the British parliament was already very difficult, so there is no point to tighten it even more by including additional conditions.
"We should not raise the temperature more, since it could reduce the likelihood that the British Parliament would eventually develop a formula acceptable to all of them,” PM Morawiecki said.
In his opinion, it is now worth giving the UK a chance to work out an internal compromise and to prolong the negotiations for 2-3 months, regarding the possibility of a ‘contractual exit’.
"The non-contractual output, that is, the so-called hard Brexit, will be very bad not only for the UK, but also for the entire EU,” he said.
A compromise needed
He added that Poland encouraged a compromise approach. "We have already done a lot to alleviate Brexit, and it will be necessary for the UK to reach a majority to accept this exit agreement. It was already closer in the recent voting than in the first one, but it is obviously a matter to be solved by the British people," he said.
PM Morawiecki announced that he had spoken with his UK counterpart Theresa May on Thursday morning about the future of both states after the Brexit agreement.
"Once again, we agreed that we would do everything we can, even in the case of a no-deal Brexit, to ensure that neither Polish citizens nor our mutual trade relations will suffer, and that Polish entrepreneurs would be able to export their goods to the UK without any obstacles," he said.
PM Morawiecki stated that he was hoping for Brexit not based solely on the principles of the World Trade Organization, but on the agreement between the EU and the UK.
‘Brexit can be postponed, but only until April 18’
Later on Thursday, the head of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that in his opinion, Brexit could be delayed, but only until April 18.
The EU diplomats believe that less than a month is enough, in case of a non-Brexit decision, to make it possible for the UK to prepare for the European Parliament elections that will take place in May 23-26, depending on a state.
Most of the EU countries share the view that Brexit shall be postponed up to May 22, so that it will not interfere with the elections.
Meanwhile, Theresa May asked the EU for the possibility of Brexit until June 30.