Polish ruling party puts an end to ‘Polexit’ discussion

The EU has asked Poland to allow its guards to patrol the border with Belarus. [Shutterstock/ Por MOZCO Mateusz Szymanski]

In reaction to the public discourse in the past weeks, Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party adopted a position in which it states that “the objective of PiS is for Poland not to leave the EU”.

Ryszard Terlecki, a leading PiS lawmaker and deputy speaker of the lower chamber of the parliament, had suggested that an alternative to the membership could be considered.

Another senior MP Marek Suski compared the EU institutions to Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II.

Some governmental lawmakers, such as Janusz Kowalski, have also been arguing in favour of leaving the EU for months now.

The name of the PiS document is ‘On the membership of Poland in the European Union and Poland’s sovereignty’. “We want Poland to remain an EU member, but we want to remain a sovereign state,” said PiS spokeswoman Anita Czerwińska.

“Together with other right-wing parties from Europe, we will work out an alternative stream of reforms in the Union”, she added.

Law and Justice’s view for Poland’s future is in the EU. “However, this does not mean we have to accept the growing, out-of-the treaty process of limiting the sovereignty of member states,” Czerwińska added.

A day before the PiS statement, party leader Jarosław Kaczyński had said that “Polexit” is a result of a propaganda machine of the opposition.

(Piotr Maciej Kaczyński | EURACTIV.pl)

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