Countries that do not respect Brussels’ rules cannot reap the “benefits of Europe,” according to French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, referring to Poland’s heated spat with the EU on whose law takes supremacy.

Speaking to French news outlet LCI on Thursday, Beaune lashed out at Poland for its ruling earlier this month that saw Warsaw declare that some of its laws were incompatible with EU treaties and took primacy over external powers.

“Nobody is forcing you to enter the European Union. You can even leave it, as we have seen democratically with Brexit,” he said, adding that “Europe is a sovereign and collective choice.”

The French minister even indicated that Warsaw could be slapped with sanctions. “We must first pursue a political dialogue, but if it does not lead in the end, there may be sanctions of different kinds, including financial.”

When you don’t play by the rules, you can’t get the benefits of Europe. The British tried and we didn’t let it go.

Beaune’s comments come after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned on Tuesday that Poland will face penalties for its landmark verdict while speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (RT)