The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland hosted a meeting with the members of the group’s counterpart in Poland – The All-Party Friendship Group with the United Kingdom. The Polish delegation was led by Beata Mazurek MP, spokesperson of the Law and Justice Party, and Sussex-educated Konrad Glebocki MP. The group was invited by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and had an opportunity to discuss Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe, the situation of Polish nationals living in the UK, the problems facing the European Union and Poland’s current state of affairs.
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In 2016 the Migration Observatory at Oxford University reported that Poles constituted the largest foreign-born population within the United Kingdom, with over 800 000 Polish-born residents living in our country, interacting on a daily basis with local culture, politics and society. In light of this, there has never been a more interesting or more important time to understand, and work in conjunction with a nation, whose people have so frequently, and so successfully chosen to embrace British values and make our country their home. History teaches us that embracing opportunities for Anglo-Polish cooperation can lead to the kind of inspiration which fuelled debates on the 19th-century Great Reform Act, and the kind of courage, which led to victory in the Second World War. However, while embracing the past, we must also look to the future.
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