Polish, UK PMs agree in phone conversation hard Brexit must be avoided

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday evening that in his telephone conversation held earlier in the day with the British Prime Minister Theresa May they agreed that it is essential to avoid "hard Brexit."

"I assured the British Prime Minister Theresa May that Poland is in favour of a Brexit solution that will be good for both the EU and Great Britain," Morawiecki stressed in a message posted on Twitter.

"The most important thing is to avoid a 'hard Brexit' and solve this issue based on the agreement adopted by the EU and Great Britain," he wrote.

On Thursday, the UK House of Commons rejected the bill on support for the government's Brexit strategy, by a majority of 45. The bill was supported by 306 MPs, while 322 MPs voted against it. The British Parliament remains deeply divided on the matter weeks before the UK's departure from the EU.

The result of Thursday's vote increases the likelihood of the UK leaving the EU without any agreement. Business representatives have been warning for months that such a scenario would have catastrophic consequences for the British and EU economy.

On Tuesday, May announced another non-binding vote on her Brexit deal to be held on February 27, giving MPs the chance to express a clear opinion on negotiations with the EU.

Britain is currently leaving the EU on 29 March, with or without a deal.