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Will Turkey dominate EU?

Will Turkey dominate EU?

Down the Path of Madness towards a Turkish-dominated EU – UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall


• European Parliament, Brussels, 28 April 2016

Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip
– Bluecard question: José Inácio FARIA MEP (Portugal), Liberal group (ALDE)

• Debate: Legal aspects, democratic control and implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement
Council and Commission statements

Transcript:First of all we all agree that something has to be done about the migrant crisis. The scale of the numbers coming this year will no doubt reach Biblical proportions.


However, were I fundamentally disagree with you all is making such a multi-billion pound deal with a country like Turkey.

Now let’s look at Turkey:

It is country that is barely democratic, where free speech is increasingly attacked. It is a country that has a disgraceful human rights record. A country that is accused of aiding and abetting Islamic State and it is a country that is going through the process of creeping Islamification.

Turkey is also not geographically European. Only 3% of Turkey actually falls within Europe and it borders with places that clearly want to harm us Syria; Iraq and Iran.

So you would think we would run a mile, but NO, part of this deal includes an agreement to quicken up Turkish accession to the European Union.

Now I remember at a press conference in 2007 sitting there in disbelief when the then President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso spoke about the EU as the ‘first non-imperial Empire’ well this deal simply reinforces that perception.

If Turkey does eventually join the European Union – and it is position supported by every other British political part- then I believe it will be a disaster.

Indeed by the time Turkey joins it will have the largest population in Europe and it is predicted that within the first ten years of being a member 15 million Turks will drift West.

That will alter the balance of power within the EU, not only economically but also culturally.

At present we often complain about a German dominated Europe, but if we continue down this path of madness I fear that we will be left with a Turkish dominated Europe and I’m sure that is something we can all agree we don’t want to see.

But there is a light, there is a beacon. Because we the British have an opportunity to put a stop to this. We have a referendum on June the 23rd and I honestly believe the threat of Turkey becoming a member of this club will encourage the British people to say enough is enough and we will vote to leave and take back control.


One comment

  1. John Hogan /

    Let me say upfront, that I am a UKIP supporter and want out of the EU. However, in or out, will Britain have any control over the ultimate influence that Turkey will weild within The EU and Europe in General? Allowing Turkey to have ANY say in theaffairs of Europe would be like “Turkeys Voting For An Early Christmas” and there was no pun intended. I think Brexit will lose the oncoming vote. I also think events will prove us right and that this referendum will NOT be the last on this matter, and common sense will prevail in the end. There will be another referendum that we will win. I believe that the EU itself will eventually self destruct.

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