The ‘Polexit’ mutterings highlight a major EU flaw

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TeaThe Polish Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that certain aspects of European law, and the position of the Court of Justice of the European Union, are inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of Poland. They should know, and they are undoubtedly right. You can well tell they are a little late in the game, Poland joined the EU in 2004, but a lot has changed since then. In any case, it has raised hearts and minds racing as to what this could mean: in short, though probably nothing, at least in the short term.

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Talk about Poland leaving (or going out) the European Union – “Polexit” – is somewhat exaggerated. The Polish government certainly does not like being asked by Brussels to take in refugees (either through Belarus or Italy), or the lectures by President Macron about freedom and human rights; But there is much more at stake, both economically and geopolitically, for Poland to go Brexit-style, out the door.

Freedom of movement, infrastructure investment, and private sector business investment through EU agencies have been three major benefits of EU membership, and the Polish economy, which has enjoyed success since accession, has been very hard to leave. Will be If the Poles are voted into the matter, they will overwhelmingly vote in favor of staying in it. They have no desire to move closer to Russia, their domineering neighbor in the east, and want to anchor in institutions. West – the European Union and, even more so, NATO.


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