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The senatorial protest is above all a response to the words of the deputy speaker of the Sejm and head of the Law and Justice (PiS) parliamentary caucus Ryszard Terlecki. Speaking at the Economic Forum in Karpacz, the ruling camp politician commented on his government’s latest feud with Brussels over the rule of law. -If it goes as it is likely to go, we might need to look for drastic solutions- he said, adding that "the British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy didn’t suit them and turned away and left". Another influential PiS MP, Marek Suski, compared the legal conflict with Brussels to Poland’s fight against Nazi occupation.
At a press conference on Friday morning, a group of opposition senators denounced the ruling camp’s anti-EU rhetoric.
- First, they called the EU an imagined community and then spoke of a lack of confidence in the European Union. Now they are talking of drastic solutions. I never expected them to question Poland's membership in the European Union- said Senator Bogdan Klich, recalling that Poland's accession to the EU was one of the most important events in modern Polish history and that the EU is home to all Polish people.
Senator Jan Filip Libicki spoke of a very dangerous trend noticeable in the actions of ruling camp politicians, who, despite officially saying that they do not want to leave the European Union, blame the EU for their own mistakes. In his view, such behavior only results in constantly diminishing the public’s trust in the EU. - I would like to remind everyone that the government of the United Kingdom did not intend to leave the European Union, yet managed to provoke such a turn of events - he pointed out. In his opinion, the government’s anti-EU rhetoric might be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If the ruling camp succeeds in turning the public against the EU, it will then need to cater to mass opinion and lead Poland out of the EU.
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