Poland to urge soft Brexit: Kaczynski
16 Jan 2017 - 22:34
Warsaw: The powerful head of Poland's governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party yesterday said he would urge close ties with post-Brexit Britain in talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected next month.
"Germany wants the terms on which Britain will leave the EU to distance London from the bloc," Jaroslaw Kaczynski said.
"We want Britain to stay as close as possible to the European Union and even for it to return to the bloc in a relatively short time," he added.
Kaczynski is expected to focus on both broader EU issues and the state of bilateral ties with Merkel during her visit to Poland that officials in Warsaw say is planned for early February. With close to a million Polish migrants living and working in Britain, Warsaw is keen to secure the best possible terms for its citizens who want to remain there after the UK departs the European Union. Britain warned Sunday it might undercut the EU economically if it cannot obtain both single market access and immigration controls, as reports said Prime Minister Theresa May could opt for a "hard" Brexit strategy in a key Tuesday policy speech.
"It seems that the European Union will not be able to survive without some kind of deep crisis, without far-reaching reforms," Kaczynski added. "We're proposing deep reforms. This is where we have a different opinion from Germany, although there is some common ground."