When I write these words, the earthquake that is Brexit is already underway. When I listen to the media I hear golden-lipped experts weave scenarios worthy of Hitchcock movies – tension will only increase. But serious people should look for opportunities rather than drop their heads like they do now – President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski writes in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Clearly, thus far Brexit has not been good news for us, neither politically nor economically. We should ask ourselves what lead to it. What was the application of the principles that were supposed to convince Britain to stay? – he writes.
Addressing the issue of European solidarity, Malinowski emphasizes that the European Commission let Germany and France force Polish transport companies out of their market by introducing a minimum wage for foreign transporters. According to him, the new greenhouse gas emission system is also clerly targeting Poland.
– Negative causes have negative results and one of them is Great Britain leaving the EU. What does it mean for Polish entrepreneurs? We may expect trouble in trade, and we should keep in mind that in 2015, we exported goods worth as much as 12 bln PLN, more than ever before. Today, 40 000 Polish companies are active there. Their owners are deeply concerned, to say the least – he adds.
– What now? Let us look around, consider our options and start acting. Now, we have to adapt our relations with Great Britain, or rather what is left of it, regulate the status of our citizens living on the Isles, and attract as many British investments as possible – assesses the President of Employers of Poland.
According to him, Poland should remind that not regulations, but employers and employees, are decisive for growth and that it is time to adapt the law to them rather than the other way around.
Malinowski emphasizes that in our most recent history we could have written a handbook on how to use crises to one’s advantage. – We should keep our heads high. Opportunities are usually where there is also risk – he summarizes.