Brexit deal in line with Polish interests - PM

Commenting the agreement to reporters shortly before the summit, Morawiecki said it took account of Poland's postulates, and was therefore “a huge Polish diplomatic success.” /PAP/EPA

The Brexit agreement between the EU and Britain is a big success and secures Polish interests, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday in Brussels before the start of the EU summit.

Earlier on Thursday EC head Jean-Claude Juncker and British PM Boris Johnson said that the EU and Britain have reached an agreement concerning Britain's departure from the union.

Commenting the agreement to reporters shortly before the summit, Morawiecki said it took account of Poland's postulates, and was therefore "a huge Polish diplomatic success." In this context he especially mentioned legal guarantees for British-residing Poles and regulations on post-Brexit trade between Britain and Poland.

Morawiecki said that Poland had always stood against a no-deal Brexit and recounted that he had pressed for a Brexit compromise in earlier talks with designated EC head Ursula von der Leyen, the British PM and the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. He also praised the Thursday agreement as an effect of well-weighed negotiating. "Where there's the will to talk there's consent," the Polish PM said.