With the clock now ticking on two years of Brexit negotiations, Poland looks more vulnerable to a painful divorce between the U.K. and European Union than anywhere else. Poland is the biggest net recipient of EU aid and also the continent’s largest provider of cross-border labor. And it’s in the arrivals halls at provincial airports like this former military base 160 kilometers (99 miles) north of Warsaw where those two things meet.
Refurbished using 121 million zloty ($31 million) of EU cash, the airport revolves around servicing some of the almost 1 million Poles living and working in Britain, a third of all EU nationals residing in the country. Now, not only is their status in doubt, there’s also going to be less money as the EU loses its biggest net contributor after Germany.