The ‘nuclear option’: What Article 7 could mean for Poland, and how it could engulf May in fresh Brexit row

The European Commission on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of triggering “Article 7” of the EU treaties against Poland. The draconian step comes as the EU accuses Poland of undermining the democratic values of the European Union through a legislative assault on the judiciary and free media. Poland’s government disputes this.

The EU move comes as Theresa May prepares to go to Warsaw on Thursday for a high-profile summit designed to deepen UK-Polish ties after Brexit.

Here we look at Article 7, what it means, and why the EU decision to trigger puts Mrs May in a serious diplomatic bind over Brexit.

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So what is Article 7?

Article 7 is the EU’s punishment clause and provides the legal mechanism…

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