At their Wednesday summit in Brussels, EU leaders observed a minute's silence to commemorate the victims of the 2010 Polish presidential plane crash near Smolensk in western Russia that took the lives of the presidential couple and a range of top officials.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański said in Luxembourg on Tuesday that a Brexit delay until June 30 would mean the necessity for the UK to conduct European elections, while the further postponement would demand clear rules of cooperation.
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.
Summing up a two-day EU summit's provisions for Brexit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday he had proposed a formula thanks to which London would not be "put up against a wall." "We're trying to give the British room for manoeuvre," he said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told PAP that he was very pleased that, because of the Polish position in the matter, the very big possibility of a non-contractual, chaotic Brexit was avoided.
Poland will do everything to avert a no-deal Brexit, but is still prepared for such an unwanted scenario, government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcińska said on Thursday, ahead of a two-day EU summit that will also deal with the UK's motion to postpone the Brexit date.
Poland's Sejm (lower house) passed a government bill on Friday concerning the principles of residency in Poland for UK citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit. A separate law was passed safeguarding Polish clients of UK financial institutions in such a scenario.
Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański declared on Thursday evening that "Poland will constructively analyse the British motion to postpone the UK's departure from the EU, together with its justification."
Poland's Office for Foreigners (UdSC) has prepared an information brochure presenting possible Brexit scenarios, and rules of stay for British citizens in Poland after March 29, that are based upon those scenarios.
Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański has said in London that Poland is determined to "rescue the agreement" concerning Brexit, warning that otherwise there would be "toxic" mutual blaming for the unsuccessful negotiations.