Poland open to Brexit extension request - PM

Poland is open to any requests to extend Great Britain's leaving date from the EU, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, in Warsaw on Friday.

Morawiecki emphasised that "we are currently at a crucial moment, before the vote in the British Parliament regarding the draft EU exit agreement," (but without a political declaration on future relations with the Community). Adoption of the agreement would be enough to delay Brexit until May 22, but would not meet the requirements for a ratification of the agreement.

"In the event of a negative vote, should it occur, we are open to a motion to extend the process of Great Britain's exit from the EU," the Polish prime minister declared.

"Six months, or nine or twelve, these options are acceptable to us. Above all, we want Great Britain to stay, but if that isn't possible, then we want Brexit to be carried out in an orderly manner," he said.

"If Great Britain submits a request for another extension, it will be constructively considered," Morawiecki added. He emphasized that it will be very important to justify the reasons this motion.