Theresa May hosted Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, at 10 Downing Street today to discuss the “compromise” that must be agreed on Britain’s departure from the EU as well as defence cooperation.
May has promised to “strengthen” ties with Poland in the future which would include the deployment of around 150 UK troops in Poland’s Russian border.
In response to Szydlo’s request for “guarantees” for the one million Poles who live in this UK, May reiterated her intention to give Poles and other EU nationals the right to remain. However, May refused to confirm their rights in the UK, insisting the government must not “reveal its hand” ahead of the Brexit negotiations next year.
May said: “I am determined that Brexit will not weaken our relationship with Poland – rather it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen it.”
Warm words were also shared by Szydlo who wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “We hope, as I believe the rest of the EU hopes, that Britain’s new relationship with the EU will be as close as possible, and based on the principles of proportionality and balance of rights and obligations. Whether we manage to complete this arduous task of bringing negotiations to a satisfying result will depend solely on our imagination and leadership. We need a good compromise which gives both our countries the best possible options for economic and security co-operation.”