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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Ongoing hearings under article 7(1) of the TEU regarding Poland (debate)

  Ben Habib (NI). – Mr President, Poland is one of the greatest nations in Europe, and indeed in the European Union. It has a long history of democracy. In fact, it practiced a form of democracy before any other modern nation in the European Union.

Poland fought for 45 years for its freedom against the USSR. It is not for an institution which has, itself, appointed a political court – the ECJ has 28 political appointments amongst it, or for an institution which has a government in the form of the Commission that is entirely unelected, to hold to account the Law and Justice party, which has been elected twice to govern Poland on its manifesto, including the reform of its judiciary.

So what I have to say to the Law and Justice party is this: do not put up with the ignominy of this institution. Polexit. You will find a friendship in the United Kingdom. We will support you.

(Applause from certain quarters)

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