Brexit will strengthen not weaken the UK’s ties with Poland, Theresa May is to insist on a visit to Warsaw – where she will announce plans for enhanced defence and security co-operation.
Poland will still “matter greatly” to the UK after it leaves the EU, she will say, citing shared history and values.
A proposed new defence treaty will be a “powerful symbol” of co-operation, the PM will tell her Polish counterpart.
“Our partnership is broad, vibrant and diverse and we both share a steadfast commitment to Europe’s security and defense,” the British PM is expected to say, according to the BBC.
This builds on the deployment of British troops to Poland under Enhanced Forward Presence, agreed at the last UK-Poland summit held in London in November 2016.
Ahead of the trip, Mrs May said: “The bilateral defence treaty we are signing today is a powerful symbol of our continued close cooperation.”
“I am determined that Brexit will not weaken our relationship with Poland. Rather, it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen it.”