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Poland blasts EU over migrant crisis quotas: ‘We will resist blackmail and pressure’

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Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared she will not back down after the EU threatened the member state for failing to meet migrant quotas.

Ms Szydło’s declaration follows threats from Brussels to boot Poland and Hungary out of the EU – two nations which have failed to house any of the160,000 migrants. Join today

The Prime Minster told a press conference today her country will continue with a “prudent and reasonable migrant policy”.

She said: “The Polish government under my leadership, from the moment we took responsibility for Poland, said it will not accept this resolution as we consider it bad for Europe.

Polish prime Minister Beata Szydlo

“The European Union made a fatal mistake under pressure from lobbyists but also under a lot of pressure from Germany – it accepted resolutions which turned out not only to be ineffective but also did not solve the migrant problem.”

Ms Szydło added that failing to adequately deal with the migrant crisis has led to only 27 members remaining within the EU – alluding strongly to Brexit.

On Tuesday a source said Poland and Hungary’s anti-migrant stance threatened their position within the bloc.

The source said: “They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price.”

By the end of the year the European Court of Justice will scrutinise the legality of migrant quotas – but is expected to rule in their favour.

Brussels has ruled Poland has to accept 6,200 migrants into the country by 2017 which the country has so far failed to do so.

The source added: “We are confident that the ECJ will confirm validation, then they [Poland and Hungary] must abide by the decision.

“If they don’t then they will face consequences, both financial and political.

The Polish Prime Minister made it clear in her message that no member state has met the quotas which in her opinion were damaging to the EU.

She said: “Someone is still trying to break the unity of the European Union and is trying to force pressure in order to continue wrongful migrant policies.”

She concluded: “I can calmly say Poland will continue a prudent and reasonable migrant policy.”

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