Kaczyński declares talks with Cameron a success
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Jarosław Kaczyński, head of Poland's governing Law and Justice party, has declared his talks with UK PM David Cameron a success, claiming Poles already in the UK will not be affected by possible benefits cuts.
Jarosław Kaczyński following a meeting with Prim Minister of Great Britain David Cameron on Friday, Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
The British leader is in Warsaw to seek Polish backing for the UK's renegotiation of its EU membership, amid anxieties within the block of a possible 'Brexit', with a referendum on the matter imminent in the UK.
Warsaw had voiced concerns over Cameron's Conservative government's aim to freeze benefits for EU migrants until they have been in the country for four years.
“Poland and the Poles have achieved a great deal in this matter, namely full protection for those [Polish migrants] who are already in Great Britain, but also for those with children in Poland, who will continue to receive benefits,” Kaczyński said after the talks at Warsaw's Hotel Bristol.
Nevertheless, it appears that future Polish and EU migrants to the UK may not be granted the same treatment, in line with a draft UK-EU deal put forward by President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Tuesday.
Kaczyński also said that that the two discussed “issues important for Poland, such as NATO’s eastern flank.”
Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron and Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Earlier, Cameron held a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Poland Beata Szydło.
The British leader said that “common interests” include security, defence and NATO, particularly “in the face of threats from Russia.”
“I think Britain is better off in a reformed European Union if we can achieve these changes,” he said.
“I think that is something that would be good for Britain, good for Europe and also good for Poland.”
Nevertheless, a new poll indicated on Friday that more Britons want a 'Brexit' than otherwise, with 45 percent keen to leave the EU, 36 percent wanting to remain, while a fifth are undecided. (nh)