Returning from the EU summit in Brussels on December 15, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told journalists that arrangements made by EU leaders in the Belgian capital regarding Brexit were in Poland’s favour. He added that Poland’s main concern was to ensure continued rights for Polish citizens in the UK, particularly in terms of social policy.
Morawiecki also said that he had spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the summit on December 14.
As reported by Radio Poland, May recently said that the UK was “building a strategic partnership with Poland… that will outlast our exit” from the European Union.
She also told Poland’s PAP news agency that ensuring EU citizens’ rights in the UK and UK citizens’ rights in the EU was her “first priority.”
“The one million Polish citizens and 30,000 Polish businesses who have made a home in the UK have made a huge economic, social and cultural contribution to the fabric of our country… No EU citizen legally living in the UK needs to worry,” she said.
According to Morawiecki, Poland’s voice on migration issues was beginning to be heard more clearly.
He added he was bringing “a little green light of hope” from Brussels when it comes to how the migration problem can be resolved.
Morawiecki also expressed satisfaction that the Brussels summit had formally launched the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), a landmark defence pact to boost military cooperation within the bloc. He added that Poland was interested in strengthening the EU’s defensive capacity “in full agreement with Nato” because he said the Western military alliance was Poland’s primary security guarantor.
Morawiecki also said he welcomed EU leaders’ decision to greenlight a plan to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months over Moscow’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.