Residents in the Polish town of Bogatynia have erupted in fury at the European Union after the Czech government won a case at the European Court of Justice to close a lignite mine leaving locals terrified of losing their jobs and livelihoods. The Czech Republic made a ruling on the mine arguing it is polluting the local area as the Polish town sits on its border. Lignite creates more pollution than other types of coal.
The news comes as at an EU summit today (Monday) the bloc will warn against attempts to water down the Northern Ireland Protocol amid fears that the border plan is causing disruptions in the region.
It comes as France accused Britain of playing games with the special arrangements to prevent a hard border.
In draft conclusions, seen by Express.co.uk, EU leaders say: “Relations with the UK should remain mutually beneficial and can under no circumstances undermine the integrity of the Single Market, the Customs Union or the EU’s decision-making autonomy.”
Under the terms of the agreement, to avoid a hard border, Northern Ireland essentially remains inside the EU’s single market, with a number of customs controls on goods shipped from the rest of Great Britain.