Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

PM May hopes for early agreement on Polish citizens in Britain

PM May hopes for early agreement on Polish citizens in Britain

"The UK has made significant progress to prepare for the negotiations", she told journalists, and said she wanted to secure the rights of Brits overseas and Poles in Britain as early as possible.

May previously said she would preserve the rights of the 3 million European Union citizens living in Britain following its divorce from Europe provided the more than 1 million Britons in Europe are afforded the same treatment.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, right, welcomes Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to 10 Downing Street, London, ahead of as part of the UK-Poland Inter-Governmental Consultations, Monday Nov. 28, 2016.

"This has been an excellent summit". This is a glimpse of the future, of how we will be deepening our country-to-country relationships with key partners in Europe. "Today is about a glimpse of the future, how we will want, and aim for, deeper relationships, country-to-country, with major players like Poland".

Theresa May has announced plans to trigger the estimated two-year process of leaving the European Union no later than the end of March 2017.

For that reason, she said, Poland "was saddened, probably more than any other country, with the result of the British referendum".

"We are all wondering how this process will go".

"Yes, and that is absolutely right, and they have an interest in a strong relationship with us".

"And crucially I think what's important is, it's not just what's good for the UK".

"We work with a whole range of our European allies to help keep their people safe and to help keep people safe here in the United Kingdom, including through intelligence-sharing".

"You reacted immediately and we continue working together in order to make sure that the Polish community is safe", she added.

The statement further said the summit will "set out further details for the planned deployment of a United Kingdom infantry company to Poland".

"Of course, these guarantees would need to be reciprocal".

The talks between Mrs May and Mrs Szydlo yesterday did not directly target Brexit but covered a series of bilateral issues.

Speaking about the plans, May said that an agreement has been reached to build on that solid basis of economic cooperation, with new initiatives to provide support to small businesses.

In Tuesday's call, the two leaders also discussed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, agreeing on its importance and on the need for more members of the alliance to meet the target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence.

Mrs Szydlo said they had discussed the possibility of Polish being taught as a foreign language in British schools.

The two premiers agreed that sanctions on Russian Federation must be maintained until the Minsk agreement on Ukraine is fully implemented.

She said: "I have updated the prime minister and her team on the work we are doing on Brexit".

It was important to work internationally to "put pressure on Russia" to stop indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Syria, said the PM.

"We would like our relations to be good with Russian Federation, as our neighbour".

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