Ruling on Polish constitution supremacy over EU law made official

A ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that found some provisions of the EU treaty to be incompatible with Poland's constitution will become law after it was published in the country's Journal of Laws.

The new law could further strain relations between Poland and the EU already under pressure from a number of clashes ranging from the rule of law to the environment.

European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen had already expressed her grave concern over the ruling and told her services to carry out a swift and in-depth analysis of the verdict.

The ruling also fuelled fears among the opposition and a part of society that it could lead to a legal Polexit as Poland would no longer accept the same rules as the other 26 members of the bloc.

Publishing the ruling also removes a possible compromise that could have been struck between Warsaw and Brussels. Political experts had suggested that the Polish government may use the threat of publication as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.

The publication could also cloud the future of Poland’s National Reconstruction Plan.

Poland still awaits the green light for its multi-billion euro plan, which outlines how it will spend EU pandemic-recovery funding. But the European Commission is still analysing Poland's spending plan, with some politicians claiming the delay is caused by Brussels' worries about the condition of the rule of law in Poland.