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Leader says Poland wants to be part of the EU, but remain sovereign


Poland’s most powerful politician says the country’s future is in the European Union but Poland also wants to remain a sovereign country

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s most powerful politician says the country’s future is in the European Union and there will be “no Polexit”, but at the same time Poland wishes to remain a country sovereign.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is the leader of the ruling conservative Law and Justice party, made his comments in an interview with the state-owned PAP news agency that was released on Wednesday.

It follows harsh comments last week about the 27-member bloc from some key members of his party, which has led many opposition politicians to accuse the country’s leaders of seeking to get the country out of the EU. .

Some political observers in Poland, where support for EU membership is very high, also fear harsh comments about the EU could put Poland on the path to accidental exit from the bloc.

But Kaczynski told PAP that Poland will not follow Britain’s lead and leave the EU.

“There will be no Polexit. It is a propaganda invention that has been used repeatedly against us, ”said Kaczynski, who is also deputy prime minister. “We have a clear view of the future of Poland in the European Union.”

Last week, two senior law and justice officials made strong comments about the EU after the bloc decided to financially punish Poland for actions that increase the ruling party’s control over the courts. Brussels says they violate the rule of law.

Ryszard Terlecki, deputy party leader, said that if things don’t go as Poland wants, “we will have to look for drastic solutions”.

“The British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy was not for them and turned around and left,” he said.

Marek Suski, another leading member of the party, said that Poland “will fight the occupying Brussels” just as it fought the Nazi and Soviet occupiers in the past.

Suski added: “Brussels sends us overlords who are supposed to bring Poland to order, bring us to our knees, so that we are a German state, not a proud state of free Poles.

Poland accuses the EU of encroaching on its sovereignty by opposing changes to the country’s judicial system introduced by the government, which is headed by Law and Justice.

Kaczynski argued that the rule of law is an area of ​​exclusive responsibility of member states and “cannot be subject to the kind of interference that is occurring now”.

According to him, the Member States are not treated on an equal footing, which goes against the principles of the bloc.

“We want to be part of the (European) Union, but at the same time we want to remain a sovereign state,” he said. “We want what has been agreed in the treaties to be very strictly observed. “

The EU, however, maintains that since the EU legal order is integrated, it is essential to protect the independence of the courts in each member state.

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