Polish PM wants to ensure rights of Poles in UK in Brexit talks
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Friday that for Poland the key issue in Brexit negotiations is to focus on the rights of Polish citizens in Britain and issues related to the EU budget.
"The Prime Minister expressed expectations that at the first stage of the negotiations it is key to focus on working out good guarantees of the rights of Polish citizens in the United Kingdom, as well as issues related to the EU budget," Szydlo said in comments emailed to Reuters, following a phone call with Britain's Theresa May.
Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski, commenting on Brexit proposals presented by British Prime Minister Theresa May, said that protecting the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom was one of the key conditions. "We can agree to talk about a transitional period in relation between the EU and the UK only if that could lead to complete fulfillment of the UK's commitments towards the EU," Szymanski, Poland's sherpa to the EU, said in emailed comments. "Another condition is also full protection of our citizens' rights in the UK. Membership of the UK in the single market as well as the customs' union translates into regulatory and financial obligations of the UK towards the EU."