27 Nov 2018
A summit in Brussels has hosted European Union leaders, who unanimously supported the 585-page agreement with British Prime Minister Theresa May – concluding the UK’s exit from the bloc.
The agreement consisted of two important points for Poland, being a guarantee of EU citizens’ rights in the UK post-Brexit, and London’s commitment to continue contributing to the EU budget once Britain leaves the bloc, according to Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed his satisfaction about the deal adopted as it favoured the rights of Poles residing in the United Kingdom.
On Twitter, Mr. Morawiecki wrote that "the Brexit deal is a result of long negotiations, in which Poland was opting for a compromise since the very beginning," adding that “the agreement guarantees the rights of Poles in the UK, the interest of Polish companies and the EU budget.”
Additionally, he addressed Poland and Britain’s relationship, saying they “will remain close allies.”
At the moment, Poland is the largest beneficiary of the EU budget.
The UK Office for National Statistics revealed that at the end of 2017, there were 1.02 million Poles who lived in Britain – many of whom have faced concerns regarding their future, along with other citizens of the European Union who reside in the United Kingdom or the many British nationals living in mainland Europe. EU companies operating with Britain are also dealing with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
Britain’s process of leaving the EU has a final date set for March 2019.