Tusk: Poland could leave EU, money is only thing stopping government

European Council President Donald Tusk has said Poland could follow Britain out of the European Union once they have to start paying into the EU budget.

Speaking to the Tygodnik Powszechny news website, Tusk said: “I have no doubt that for PiS one of the goals is to ‘free’ Polish politics from the burden of the EU.”

Tusk believes that for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, “the benefit of being in the EU boils down to the balance of payments.”

“As long as we’re not a net contributor, the game is worth the candle for them.”

Tusk, who was Poland’s Prime Minister from 2007 – 2014, said he can “can easily imagine a situation where if one day Poland finds itself among the (net) contributors, the Polish government will decide that it’s time to ask Poles if they still want Poland in the EU and then will work hard so that they come to the conclusion that it’s necessary to say goodbye to membership.”

Poland has been at logger-heads with the EU for months over their refusal to take in a quota of migrants and over changes to their judiciary.

Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó declared this morning that “Poland will always be able to count on Hungary’s support during the course of European Union proceedings launched against it”.

“In disputes with the European Union, be they about migration or the following programming period, the Hungarian and Polish governments will be cooperating as close allies,” he added.