Great Britain will remain Poland's key partner after exit - PM

The prime minister said that during the upcoming visit to Warsaw of French President Emmanuel Macron he will talk about Poland's role in the EU. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Great Britain, due to officially leave the European Union at midnight CET, will continue to be Poland's key partner after the exit, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday.

He added that the Polish government will strive to maintain and further develop strong ties with Great Britain and to work out an ambitious future deal between the EU and London.

Morawiecki told the money.pl news portal that Brexit is taking place in a secure and fully orderly manner, based on an agreement that guarantees a smooth transition to the next chapter of relations between Great Britain and the EU. According to him, the rights of Polish citizens residing in Great Britain have been fully secured, and proper financial settlement and maintenance of trade relations have been guaranteed.

"Thanks to the transitional period, citizens, entrepreneurs, consumers, investors, students on both sides will not be affected by any changes in practice. Therefore, trade rules, including customs regulations, between Poland and Great Britain will not change" the prime minister said.

At the same time, he encouraged Poles to return from Great Britain citing the good condition of the Polish economy, its high economic growth and low unemployment.

Morawiecki added that no one in the ruling camp thinks or talks about a Polexit scenario. According to him, the slogan has been inspired and used by the opposition "to increase divisions within society."

The prime minister also said that during the upcoming visit to Warsaw of French President Emmanuel Macron he will talk about Poland's role in the EU.

"We want Poland to be the driving force of deeper economic cooperation by returning to the principles that were at the European Union's foundation," Morawiecki said.

"Nigel Farage noted one thing I agree with, that Brexit is the beginning of some changes in Europe. It has given us a clear signal that the EU needs reform and European politicians understand this by announcing, for example, a series of conferences on the future of Europe. We are taking an active part in this " he added.