Poland’s governing party has hinted at following Britain out of the EU door in its latest threat to Brussels after the bloc ordered the nation to introduce domestic judicial reform or face daily fines until it does.
A spokesperson for the conservative Law and Justice Party said on Thursday that the country will “have to search for drastic solutions” to the latest dispute between the national government and the European Commission, who this week leaned on the European Court of Justice to impose daily fines on Poland until it fully dismantles a recently created judicial disciplinary panel, which was intended to subdue the influence of far-left communist-appointed judges in Poland’s legal system.
Speaking at an economic forum in Poland, Ryszard Terlecki confirmed that the nation wished to remain a member of the European collective but insisted that continued EU membership “should be acceptable to us.”
“If things go the way they are likely to go, we will have to search for drastic solutions,” Terlicki warned.
“The British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy did not suit them and turned around and left,” he added, in a thinly-veiled threat to the EU executive.
Back in July, Polish judges slapped down demands from the European Court of Justice that new constitutional reforms passed by the democratically elected Polish government must be suspended, reminding Brussels that decisions made at national level must be respected by the country’s EU overlords.
Since then, the Polish government has agreed to disband the disciplinary panel as part of a wider set of upcoming judicial reforms, but EU bosses have warned they are yet to go far enough and want to impose daily fines on the nation until Brussels is satisfied.
Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro this week called the EU’s position “another manifestation of the European Commission’s aggression towards Poland, an attempt to limit our sovereignty and an attack on the Polish legal order.”
Former European Council president Donald Tusk, who now leads Poland’s opposition party said today that he could not be confident of Poland’s continued EU membership, telling reporters: “No, I don’t have such peace of mind and no-one should have.”