Turkish Foreign Minister: ‘Wrong’ to pull Turkey into Brexit debate

"Turkey has never been a burden for the EU," said Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu.

By: Reuters | Ankara | Published: June 22, 2016 4:45:05 pm
Turkey, Britain, Turkey EU, EU, European union, eu turkey accession, brexit, turkey brexit, remain, remain camp, remian votes, leave, leave camp, leave votes, brexit news, world news Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu (right), attends a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo)

 

It was not right that Turkey’s status as a candidate to join the European Union was being used as an argument in the Brexit campaign, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

“It is not right that the issue of when Turkey will become a member of the EU is used in the Brexit campaign. Turkey has never been a burden on the EU,” Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

The ‘Leave’ camp had stated that Turkish accession into the EU was imminent and that the referendum was the only chance for Britain to have a say. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is leading the ‘Remain’ camp rebuked the claim by stating that Turkey was still ”decades away” joining the European Union they would probably join by ”the year 3000.”

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Cavusoglu added that Turkey would like Britain to stay in the EU for a stronger bloc.

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