In Surprise Twist, EU Will Resume Turkey EU Membership Talks Just Days After Brexit Referendum

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It appears that David Cameron may have fibbed a bit when he said that one of the most contentious issues behind the Brexit campaign, namely the treatment of Turkish EU membership, won't be a topic for "decades" and that Turkey won't join the EU until the year 3000. As AFP reports, “The EU will open new membership talks with Turkey as planned in a few days, EU diplomatic sources said Wednesday, just as Ankara’s accession becomes a hot-button issue in Britain’s vote on its future in the bloc." Citing a source, who asked not to be named, AFP said that EU member states will meet June 30 to agree to open a new negotiating chapter with Turkey.

This means that just days after the Leave campaign may end up winning the Brexit referendum based on the PM's promise that a Turkish admission into the EU is off the table, the topic of Turkish ascension will once again be front and center, and as we explain below, Turkey will likely end up getting what it wants.

As UK's Express writes, "the latest announcement will fuel fears EU officials are trying to keep any visa deal with Turkey secret until after the historic referendum.  Turkey’s membership of the bloc has been a hot topic of the Brexit debate as critics press Mr Cameron on whether he would use Britain’s right to veto their entry or not. Brexit supporters have said the UK faces the arrival of millions of Turks if it chose to stay in the EU."

However, the Prime Minister said there is no prospect of Turkey becoming a member anytime soon.  His comments came after audience member Michael Tindale asked Mr Cameron if he would “veto the accession of Turkey into the EU”.


The Prime Minister, who has been a long-time supporter of Turkey joining the union, brushed off concerns, replying: “I don't think it's going to happen for decades, so as far as I'm concerned the question doesn't arise."


Turkey has been negotiating for membership for more than a decade.  The EU promised to allow Turks visa-free travel for stays lasting up to three months to the bloc’s Schengen area, of which the UK is not a member.  It comes as Turkey’s foreign minister waded into the debate head first saying Britain must stay in the bloc “under any circumstances”.

Meanwhile, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey “desires Britain to stay in the EU under any circumstances. He added: "Britain’s exit would certainly have a negative impact.” Cameron has previously been a strong supporter of Ankara’s struggles to join the EU. Just two years ago, Mr Cameron himself, said: “In terms of Turkish membership of the EU, I very much support that.”

And in 2010 the Prime Minister urged France and Germany not to shut them “out of the club” in 2010. Turkey applied for membership in 1987 and began accession talks with Brussels in 2005.

For Turkey to qualify it will have to fulfil the criteria set out in the accession treaty between Turkey and the European Commission.  The accession treaty sets conditions Turkey must meet before member states vote to decided on its entry. All 28 member states must agree unanimously.

And since Turkey continues to hold the trump card over Merkel, namely the threat of once again releasing millions of refugees into central Europe where they will promptly gravitate toward Germany, jeopardising Merkel's polls, Turkey will almost surely end up getting what it wants. Sadly for UK voters, however, the referendum will be long gone.

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Chuckster's picture

The EU deserves Turkey

Tarzan's picture

Isn't it odd that so many are in a rush the leave while Turkey begs to get in, open borders and all....

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Turkey is a beautiful country with a rich cultural history. What exactly is the disadvantage of having the ability to live and work in this wonderful country?

GreatUncle's picture

MillionDollarBonus man ... went and had a look at the website being a BREXIT and all.

Thought I would pull out the only bit I consider of worth


Professional Leadership

The European Commission is able to pull its talent from a large pool of gifted people across multiple nations, each with their own expertise, leadership styles and political perspectives. This large pool of leadership talent allows the EU to build a highly skilled and diverse governing team, equipped to deal with today’s global economic and political challenges. Individually, EU nations would struggle to deliver the exceptional leadership that the EU is capable of producing.



Still voting BREXIT nothing in there about making the EU Commision the highest level democratic.

With democracy a population can moderate and adapt even a pan european one but we do not have that democracy stops at MEP's rubber stamping what the commission hands down.

Now that I could vote for but it will never happen and every Greek learned this the hard way.

froze25's picture

If having Turkey join the EU isn't enough to get the Brits to leave they deserve all they get...

manontop's picture

EU to told talks with Turkey over Brussels membership NEXT WEEK

BuddyEffed's picture

Is it just me or is a lot of what's happening in the Mid East possibly an attempt to optimize the Export Land Model for exports to other countries?
To me it seems like any depletion issues are a variable almost unable to control and hence somewhat of a fait accompli. But the local population and their domestic consumption is a more pliable variable. Hence migration and refugees and visas, etc are favored in the geopolitics.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

Yes, quite a colorful history indeed.  There is nothing like a genocide perpetrated by Muslim pieces of shit against the Armenian Christians in your recent past, that should get them over the line and into the EU.  Shithead.

roadhazard's picture

American Indians laugh. Christians are no better.

peddling-fiction's picture

Were they Christians, or pretend Christians?

Tarzan's picture

What does joining the EU have to do with "the ability to live and work in this wonderful country?"


Unless of course you just can't live without the EU laws governing the shape of your fork...

gatorengineer's picture

Whose leaving.....?  This is the Hotel Eunifornia, you can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave...

BobEore's picture

Ho hum,

meanwhile, back in the land of reality - where no one manages to confuse the completely separate issue of EU membership and Visa-free travel[new low registered for reportage here today?]

the facts remain as follows -

  • No one will be travelling throughout Europe, visa or no visa without passport;
  • around 10% of Turkey's citizens have passports;
  • of those 8 or 9 million, over a million belong to civil servants, imans, and those with temporary permission to travel abroad on government business;
  • more than half of those remaining are urban dwellers hostile to the APK's Islamization program - the only reason they would wish to leave would be to get away from "Muslim hordes" in their own country;

So exactly which Muslim hordes are left to invade the Euroland? Turks who depend upon the AKP government for handouts are not going anywhere. Perhaps you are confusing "Syrian refugees" with Turkish citizens? The great majority of those who wished to go - have already gone - and many are coming back, voluntarily.

You are free to try to counter any of the above facts with other real facts. You are free to invent the most ridiculous fantasies pandering to the fear porn junkies.

But you are not free to pass this off as journalism, reportage, or "information." It is low level agit-prop masquerading as the above. Try harder - this will not pass muster/even on the internet.


sleepingbeauty's picture

around 10% of Turkey's citizens have passports;

  • So they get a passport. Just because they don't have one now doesn't mean that they won't get one as soon as it becomes a ticket to a different life. I did a quick search and wiki said that it is available by application for any Turkish citizen. I am not saying that they would leave Turkey but saying that they wouldn't because they don't have a passport is I think irrelevant.
BobEore's picture

Hey - did your "wiki search" tell you how much the .gov charges it's citizens for a passport - per year? And did you roll that together with the details on the avg income level of the kind of people who you think would hike off to Europa the moment that they scored one? Plus all the ancillary costs which would go into your projected

mass movement of millions of those looking for a 'different life?.

Cause if it did not - you are blowin smoke - in the usual manner.

Facts are never "irrelevant" champ. Opinions - not so much.

Gab Timov's picture

There really should be a country called Gravy. Just saying. oooh me so Hungary.

HenryHall's picture

So David Cameron is lying to the public.

It beggars belief that anyone would think that is a surprise of some kind.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Too true, however to say he's lying suggests he has a say in what's going on.

The reality is that the pig fucker does precisely what he's told.

headfake's picture

I cant remember a prime minister in recent history who lies as blatantly as this POS.

GreatUncle's picture

Reckon his has 2 heads myself ... he contradicts himself on a daily basis now.

Tends to happen when you deal with criminal types on a regular basis.

QE4MeASAP's picture

Ottomans at the Gates.  It took half of Europe to stop them last time.  What had been resisted militarily has been replaced by a policital invitation.

vollderlerby's picture

Agreed.  Germany somehow managed to recover from Hitler, but it won't survive Merkel's multi-culti policies.

ANestIOS's picture

"surprisingly" (!?) the EU (or a rogue eurocrat) intervenes in favour of Brexit

OverTheHedge's picture

That'll be Ghordius.

He seems busy at the moment - must be a lot of high-level meetings going on to keep him from posting his pearls here.

nibiru's picture

Another reason for the UK to leave this clown fiesta.


I hope Britons have enough balls to vote leave no matter of how Jo Cox's death is hijacked by banks, celebrities, Cameron and whole stay campaign. Show to the rest of Europe that it is possible.

If not, we will wait for the whole thing to go to shit.

gatorengineer's picture

Well make it easy to have the capital of the European Caliphate in Instanbul.

QE4MeASAP's picture

Wait, I thought we were going to give Istanbul back to the Christian Greeks and go back to calling it Constantinople?

Killdo's picture

so that Greeks can introduce forced prayers every morning before children are alowed to enter (public) schools? As they already do in Greece. That will enlighten the Turks

harami's picture

The Brexit vote hasn't even happened yet and they're already rubbing it everyone's faces that Turkey will soon be a member. Nice.

Dre4dwolf's picture

If Turkey joined the E.U. immigration would double overnight.

So the plan is clear now, the E.U. is about destroying all European nations and flooding them with Radicals to destabilize them so a third party can go in and clean house.

If Turkey entered E.U. Europe would be toast.

Also Turkey would have European protection if Russia decided to do something about Turkey spreading terrorism around Eurasia. 

Dr. Engali's picture

Turkey better be careful. Once you're in the EU there is no getting out as GB is about to discover.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

The Turks will enter forcefully, take what they want, wipe their dicks on the curtain and leave without so much as a peck on the cheek or a "thanks".

They won't be joining the queue in an orderly fashion or playing fair cricket.

GreatUncle's picture

Erdogan is after the top job and once appointed like Hitler chickens come home to roost.

Hitler was not elected to power he was appointed chancellor ...

Imagine being a skint country, piling into the EU, loads of money. What you do next is say if you don't pay us we leave.

Even more amusing, join the elite EZ club, more money please else we crash the euro and the crash felt all the way into the USA as this is their pet project.

Ramp up the debt, to such a level then it is the creditors problem ... who is?

trevmac77's picture

The Fascist EU is right at home with a Fascist Erdogan.  Why not accelerate the demise of the European nations by flooding 10s of millions of potential Jihadists into Europe.  Then they can bring in more draconian controls.  

gatorengineer's picture

Did anyone not realize that one of the consequences of the Nationalist movements was that the Globalists will now pick up the pace?

If you dont think that Hillary is going to be FAR to the left of Obozo, you will be in for a surprise.  They are going to double or triple down....

HenryHall's picture


Hillary Clinton is as right wing as was Benito Mussolini.

sleepingbeauty's picture

left/right, it don't matter. It is who they take their orders from.


RattieNomNom's picture

Islamifiqization is taking the spin!

dogismycopilot's picture

Islam is the weapon of choice for the EU/NWO Uk Labor and US Democrats.

debtor of last resort's picture

You don't negotiate with the devil. Dancing is OK though.

michigan independant's picture

Not one person will escape the reach. 

ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 9:44 AM

Because they've earned it and it's a smart move.  Right?

WTFUD's picture

Cameron's a sleazy banker's tool, running a country on 23% of the vote.

GreatUncle's picture

Democracy 51%

Minority Rule 23% (less 50%)

10 people may as well call it 1 and a dictatorship.

That last one is the cheapest, the dearest is the 51% and yes you can buy a democracy but it costs. Why the elite look to install dictatorships where they can the cheapest option and definitely not democratic.

ANestIOS's picture

with the brit 1st past the post electoral system theoretically with 600odd more votes than the next person you can elect ALL 600odd Members of Parliament - and btw all brits are subjects of the crown and not citizens of a demorcacy (their only citizenship is being EU citizens)

africoman's picture

Not surprising though.

We have seen many political gymnastics around EU but the real deal which is flooding

EU with immigrants etc is still on the table.

Ever wonder why Erdogan talks the way he talks ?

SoDamnMad's picture

And they will come by the boatload (along with all the jihadist killers).  Buy a car because you will want to stay out of the Tube and off the buses.

I heard the Queen, who is suppose to stay impartial (WHY) ask someone to give her 3 good reasons to stayin EU.

And those reasons would be ...

GreatUncle's picture

Tomorrow will be remembered for centuries "the day Cameron sold out the UK population".


No other way to say it really.


saldulilem's picture

Oh come on, the more the smellier!