Hard Brexit a risk for business - Polish PM

Hard Brexit a risk for business - Polish PM. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Speaking at the salon of the Rzeczpospolita daily at the 29th Economic Forum in Krynica, south Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said a hard Brexit, if happened, would be a risk for enterprises, especially in the production sector.

The prime minister said that his government had secured assurances for business from former British Prime Minister Theresa May and that he had also spoken a couple of times with the current PM, Boris Johnson, with whom he had "confirmed our earlier intentions and activities."

On the subject of a hard Brexit, or the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place, Morawiecki said it would "mean a trade border at the external borders of Great Britain and that means that somewhere between the Netherlands, Belgium, there should be appropriate infrastructure and appropriate capacity for goods from Poland, and flowing the other way, to be cleared (for customs - PAP)."

Morawieccki said Poland was encouraging its French, Dutch and Belgian partners because such infrastructure does not yet exist. "Everyone believes, that this Brexit with a deal, Brexit based on a withdrawal agreement, will be voted through, but that is still uncertain," he said.

Currently the UK is due to leave the European union on October 31. On Wednesday, the British House of Commons passed a law aimed at preventing the UK leaving the EU without a deal.