Poland’s prime minister has warned that the government will not approve the next EU budget if its proposals are not written into the budget's rule of law mechanism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in the Bundestag on Wednesday that her government would try to find a way to unblock the threat of a Polish and Hungarian veto of the EU's next seven-year budget.
The Polish prime minister has said that a veto of the EU budget is necessary to oppose the possibility that countries could be arbitrarily deprived of funds.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, said his government is working on a “Plan B” in case Poland is unable to reach an agreement with Brussels on the next EU budget.
A spokeswoman for Poland’s governing party has played down fears of Poland leaving the EU, saying “there will be no Polexit”.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday evening received his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, to discuss the two countries' opposition to a rule of law clause tied to the next EU budget.
Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, warned on Monday that Poland takes "very seriously" a possible Polish veto of the EU budget if a rule-of-law clause is tied to funding.
In all, 58 percent of Poles believe that EU member governments have the right to use a veto in a situation in which they are convinced that fundamental interests of a given state are endangered, while 19 percent have the opposite opinion, shows a Social Changes poll.
The European Commission has said it will stand its ground in a dispute with Poland and Hungary, insisting a rule-of-law mechanism in the 2021-27 EU budget is in line with agreements made by the heads of EU states at a July summit.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Poland will stick to its EU budget veto plan if a rule-of-law clause is tied to funding.