Polish, UK European ministers talk post-Brexit issues

Minister Szymański was quoted in the release as saying it is now necessary to focus on the future UK-EU agreement having "the most ambitious nature." Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymański and the UK's Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Christopher Pincher met on Wednesday to discuss future cooperation, security issues and the situation of Poles in the UK and UK citizens in Poland.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release that the meeting had taken place in Warsaw.

"The ministers discussed the economic-trade aspects of future cooperation between Great Britain and the European Union, approaches to security issues and also the situation of Poles in Great Britain and British citizens in Poland," the ministry release said, pointing out that Pincher's visit came five days after Britain's exit from the EU.

"The meeting of the two ministers was an occasion to acquaint themselves with the British and EU positions and to present mutual expectations concerning future negotiations," the foreign ministry said. "Both the EU and Great Britain start with the assumption that future economic cooperation should be based on a free trade agreement."

Minister Szymański was quoted in the release as saying it is now necessary to focus on the future UK-EU agreement having "the most ambitious nature."