Brussels is threatening to strip away Poland’s right to vote on EU matters, unless the ruling party drops controversial plans to exert more control over the judiciary.
He said: “If the Polish government goes ahead with undermining the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Poland, we will have no other choice than to trigger Article 7.”
But Professor Piotr Wawrzyk, of the University of Warsaw, has argued that the EU is issuing empty threats and would not follow through on sanctions.
Last week he said: “There will be no sanctions, those are just scare tactics. The commissioner himself cannot instigate any sanctions.
“This is not cooperation, only them saying ‘we are bigger and smarter, better listen to us and do as we say’.”
As tensions escalate between the EU and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, here is a look at whether Poland could leave the EU next after Brexit.
Will Poland leave the EU?
Professor Wawrzyk told Express.co.uk that Poland’s chances of leaving the EU are minimal and it would only quit if it was forced to adopt the euro.
He said: “The only way I would see Poland consider leaving, is if the EU continued to push its politics and tried to enforce the Eurozone on the country.”
Despite the Law and Justice party getting into a fight with EU bosses, it does not advocate taking Poland out of the EU.
The EU is threatening sanctions against Beata Szydlo’s government
“The Law and Justice Party is not an Eurosceptic party, it is a Euro-realistic party,” Professor Wawrzyk said.
The only way I would see Poland consider leaving, is if the EU continued to push its politics and tried to enforce the Eurozone on the country
“Even among its voters, the majority would not see Poland leave the EU.
“There are of course some fringe anti-EU politicians in Poland, such as [MEP] Janusz Korwin Mikke, but they only represent one to two per cent of the population.”
The professor underlined the fact that Poland is one of the most EU-friendly countries within the European Union.
Poland’s entry to the EU was approved by a strong 77.6 per cent of the population in its 2003 referendum.
Professor Piotr Wawrzyk of the…