Poland has expressed a willingness to leave the EU, citing concerns about losing sovereignty.
THE EU may encounter difficulties as Poland swings toward a more europhile attitude, with the country’s ruling party expressing concerns that it may “lose sovereignty” if the bloc is further integrated.
Following a series of legal fights, Poland’s future membership in the EU has been called into question. The eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) governs the country, and it has often attempted to sabotage EU legislation. Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, the country’s highest court, delayed its hearing this week over whether EU law provisions are compatible with the country’s constitution.
While the hearings will resume later this week, the action is expected to exacerbate the diplomatic issue.
Warsaw says that the European Commission is interfering in Poland’s internal affairs without authorization.
However, detractors argue that doubting the priority of EU law jeopardizes the bloc’s functioning and, more importantly, Poland’s membership.
PiS and its members who hold the positions of Prime Minister and President, both of whom are openly anti-Brussels, are unlikely to be concerned.
Given its members’ earlier comments, the party would be more than delighted to withdraw Poland’s membership from the bloc.
Last year, PiS chairman Jarosaw Kaczyski expressed concern that Poland could lose its “sovereignty” to the EU, which was a key element in the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Accepting rule of law provisions in the budget would be a “loss of sovereignty for our country,” he said.
If PiS acts on this premise, the EU’s power in Poland and the surrounding region may gradually erode.
Soon after, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki threatened to veto the EU’s 2021-2027 budget if access to EU money was made conditional on nations upholding the rule of law.
Brussels eventually caved in to Poland’s and Hungary’s demands, allowing the two countries to avoid losing EU subsidies due to rule of law violations.
However, these detours are only expected to be brief.
“The constitution maintains the highest position in the hierarchy of legal acts,” Krzysztof Szczucki of the Government Legislation Centre told the court at the most recent session.
“It was impossible to delegate the ability to make choices that violate the constitution to an entity outside the state.”
Finally, PiS claims that the EU infringes on Poland’s constitutional freedom to adopt its own laws. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”