Turkey: EU Accession

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th June 2016.

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Photo of Lord Renwick of Clifton Lord Renwick of Clifton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support the admission of Turkey to the EU.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The Government supports the process of Turkey’s EU accession, which remains the most effective means of encouraging reform, stability and democracy in Turkey. But as the Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has made it clear that the question of Turkey actually joining the EU is 'not remotely on the cards', indeed that he does not believe it will happen 'for decades'. Every Member State has a veto, at every stage of the process. It is the Government's policy not to agree to any further enlargement of the EU without a new system of controls on the movement of workers being put in place. Under the European Union Act 2011, any new Accession Treaty would require primary legislation before it could be ratified.

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