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‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron dismisses Turkey’s chances of joining European Union

Май 5, 2016    
‘NOT ON THE CARDS’ Cameron dismisses Turkey’s chances of joining European Union

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DAVID Cameron has rubbished claims that Turkey could join the European Union.

The Prime Minister shot down the notion that Turkey will become an EU member, saying it is "not remotely on the cards".

Cameron bluntly savaged Turkey's chances of joining the 28-nation bloc in a bid to boost the support for Remain in the referendum on June 23.

Turkey is engaged in long-running accession negotiations – which were accelerated as part of the EU's recent deal on sending back migrants.

It sparked claims the country was on its way to gaining full EU membership, meaning they would be entitled to complete freedom of movement rights.

Brexit campaigners warned the prospect of Turkey joining the 28-member bloc could lead to a further influx of migrants to Britain.

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But Mr Cameron yesterday told the House of Commons Liaison Committee: "I will be absolutely frank with you.

I don't think the accession of Turkey to the European Union is remotely on the cards.

"I don't think it will happen for decades. 

"I would say very clearly to people, if your vote in this referendum is being influenced by considerations about Turkish membership of the EU, don't think about it.

"It's not remotely on the cards. It's not an issue in this referendum and it shouldn't be."

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