Post-Brexit hate crimes 'shameful', PM May tells Polish counterpart
Theresa May has condemned "shameful and despicable" attacks on Poles in the wake of the Brexit vote and insisted Poles were welcome in Britain.
During a visit to Warsaw for talks with counterpart Beata Szydlo, the Prime Minister said she would seek to address concerns about free movement while recognising UK-EU economic ties.
Mrs May added she expected to be able to guarantee the rights of Poles to remain in Britain after the country quits the bloc, and hit out at the wave of hate crime sparked by the result.
"Poles living in the UK continue to be welcome, and we value the contribution they make to society," she explained.
"We condemn the shameful, despicable attacks against Polish communities and others in the wake of the referendum. Hate crime of any kind has absolutely no place in British society."
Mrs May insisted Britain would "always" stand by its Nato obligations after Brexit, and said the move offered the UK the chance to improve its relationships with allies.
"It is important to underline that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe," she insisted. "Britain will remain an outward-looking nation and a strong voice for liberal, free market principles."
The meeting came hours after she held talks in Slovakia with counterpart Robert Fico, who raised the thorny issue of migration at a Press conference.
Mr Fico said the "perception British voters have" of EU migration was "slightly different to how we perceive migration on the continent". "For them the issue of migration is the issue of migrant workers," he added.
"I have asked the Prime Minister to dedicate a special level of attention to Slovak nationals and citizens who work currently in the UK."