Polish PM demands her language “should be taught in BRITISH SCHOOLS” during UK visit

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During a televised press conference, the Polish leader talked about “the option of teaching Polish as a language in British schools” after the topic was raised in a meeting of senior Polish and British politicians.

Neither the UK Prime Minister nor any senior British ministers have responded to the request, which follows a similar request made by Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski to the Irish government last week.

The Polish PM demanded more support for the 831,000 Poles living in Britain while encouraging some of her fellow Polish nationals to consider moving back to their homeland.

Speaking about her conversation with the British leader, Ms Szydlo said: “We spoke about the support for the Polish community… about many different things that are important for Polish citizens in the UK.

She added: “Here in the UK there are a great number of Poles who run their own businesses.

“We want to encourage them to transfer some of their business operations into Poland.

“We want to benefit from best practices in the UK.”

Mrs May repeated her hopes of reaching an “early agreement” on the rights of Polish nationals already living in Britain to remain once the UK leaves the EU – but warned she would offer no guarantees unless Britons on the continent would receive the same treatment.

The Tory leader told reporters: “I hope we can reach an early agreement on this issue, providing certainty for Polish citizens here and British people living in Europe.”

Poles recently overtook Indians as the biggest foreign-born contingent in Britain, representing almost 10 per cent of the country’s 8.6million foreign-born residents.

Ms Szydlo was in London to discuss strengthening relations between Britain and Poland before Mrs May triggers Article 50 next year to start the UK’s journey out of the EU.

She promised: “Warsaw will certainly be one of the capitals which will participate in Brexit negotiations in a constructive and down-to-earth manner.

“Poland will be a constructive partner in this process, as we have been in the past – but the initiative for determining British ambitions and expectations as to the future level of cooperation with the EU has to come from London.”

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Polish leader also spoke of the historic ties between the two countries and announced her intentions to “open a new chapter of an enhanced cooperation” with Britain.