A common look at security issues
During these intergovernmental consultations, especially when it comes to defence, we spoke practically the same language about security, a joint military effort, defensive effort to maintain peace in Europe and in the world, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
The United Kingdom is in the course of the Brexit process, which – as the Prime Minister emphasizes and what I am delighted to hear – does not mean that it is leaving Europe. The United Kingdom is coming out of the European Union, but it will still be our key ally within NATO as well as structures ensuring security within the framework of defence and foreign policy, stressed the Head of the Government.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki informed that he talked with the Head of the Government of the United Kingdom about cooperation within NATO, but also bilateral cooperation in the area of defence policy. He stressed that Poland and the United Kingdom, along with 3-4 other countries, fully meet all the requirements related to defence policy expenditure in accordance with the NATO methodology.
The Head of the Government expressed his satisfaction that
we could help with the talks and negotiations, so that PESCO, i.e. Permanent Structured Cooperation in the field of defence and defence industries, would be open also for cooperation with the United Kingdom.
According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, there is nothing more important than security.
That is why I can express immense joy in these conversations that we have had today and on how close cooperation between the United Kingdom and Poland is today, he said. He emphasized that specific steps are being taken to ensure peace and security for Poland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.
History connects Poland and the United Kingdom
According to the Prime Minister Theresa May, the common history shows that we can achieve a lot by joining our forces not only in terms of security, but also in terms of building the well-being of our countries and nations.
The very fact that our soldiers meet with us today in the presence of World War II veterans – heroic soldiers – is an honour for us. As part of the allied forces, you fought shoulder to shoulder on all European fronts, you fought for the freedom of Europe. Today, we want to thank you all for that, said the Head of the British Government.
As Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out,
the entire combat trail during World War II and what the United Kingdom did in the dark times of communism, especially the predecessor of the Prime Minister – Margaret Thatcher – in the 1980s, gave us hope of regaining freedom and independence. The Head of the Government stressed that the cooperation between our countries, which was marked by the blood of many thousands of Polish soldiers during World War II, significantly contributed to the defence of the United Kingdom in 1940.
All these acts of our soldiers are a sacred value to us today and we honour them together with our allies, he added.
Prime Minister Morawiecki reminded that one of the Polish veterans – Franciszek Kornicki – was chosen to be a hero symbolizing the centre of the Royal Air Force in a plebiscite held in the United Kingdom. During his speech, the Head of the Government paid tribute to him and his comrades.