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Poland may have to leave the EU as new judiciary reforms threaten primacy of the bloc’s law, Supreme court warns




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Poland’s Supreme Court has warned that the country may have to leave the EU over Brussel’s opposition to proposed judicial reforms in the country that would see judges dismissed if they opposed government reforms to the legal system.

The BBC reported that judges in the country have claimed that the proposed reforms will threaten the primacy of EU law and could be used to gag the judiciary if it sees fit to oppose government reforms.

Poland has already been involved in a dispute with the EU for some years after it was referred to European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding reformed rules for judges which would see them subject to greater government oversight.

The governing ‘Law and Justice’ (PiS) party has pushed for judiciary reforms that would see judges punished with fines or dismissal for engaging in “political activity”.

According to the BBC, the Polish Supreme Court said in a statement:

“Contradictions between Polish and EU law…. will in all likelihood lead to an intervention by EU institutions regarding an infringement of EU treaties, and in the longer run [will lead to] the need to leave the European Union.”

However, the Law and Justice party has said that such continued reforms are necessary to reduce corruption and overhaul the country’s judiciary system.

Poland’s conservative government has been at loggerheads with the EU for some time not only in relation to judiciary reforms, which Brussels claims threaten its independence but also over the former Soviet satellite state’s refusal to accept non-European, and in particular, Muslim migrants.

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