Tusk warns of consequences of Polexit statements
Donald Tusk, the leader of Poland's main opposition grouping, the Civic Coalition, has warned that the “constant undermining” of Poland's presence in the EU by ruling party politicians may have consequences.
Tusk's words came in response to Thursday's statement by Ryszard Terlecki, a senior member of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) party, who said that "we should think about how we can best cooperate so that we can all be in the (European) Union, but also so that this (European) Union is acceptable for us."
He added that "if it (the EU - PAP) goes the way it seems to be going, we have to look for drastic solutions."
On Friday morning, Tusk was asked by the commercial news broadcaster TVN24 whether he was at ease with Poland's continuing presence in the EU.
"No, I don't have such peace of mind and no-one should have," said Tusk, a former Polish prime minister and a former European Council president.
Describing PiS politicians' attitude towards the EU, Tusk said that "most of them believe that the European Union is a painful necessity, at best."
Tusk warned that "disasters such as, for example Brexit, or Poland's potential exit from the EU, very often happen not because someone has planned them, but because someone has been unable to plan a wise alternative to such a potential drama."
The opposition leader also accused PiS of gambling on the international stage.
"And those recent statements and the constant undermining of the sense of being in the EU, this questioning of... the link between our national interests and those of the European Union does have consequences," Tusk said.
Facing a wave of widespread criticism, Terlecki took to Twitter to soften his earlier comments and stressed that Poland "was, is and will be" a member of the EU.
Both Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his government spokesman ruled out any possibility of a 'Polexit.'