By appearing to undermine the EU’s legal framework – based on the assumption that the bloc’s treaties are equally binding for all member states regardless of their domestic law – the landmark verdict led many to ask whether “Polexit” could be close at hand.
Such a scenario seems highly unlikely. Huge protests took place against the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling in cities across Poland on Sunday night. Opposition leader Donald Tusk – the former European Council president – led demonstrations in Warsaw for “all those who want to protect a European Poland”, believed to have been attended by over 100,000 people.
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