Turkey to hold ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship

Cape Breton Post - - News | World -

ANKARA, Turkey — Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan says Turkey will de­cide in a ref­er­en­dum whether to con­tinue pur­su­ing mem­ber­ship in the Euro­pean Union.

In an in­ter­view Mon­day on In­dia tele­vi­sion, Er­do­gan ac­cused the EU of not be­ing “sin­cere or hon­est” and of mak­ing Turkey wait at its gates.

Er­do­gan said: “Turkey will choose the next path of a Brexit-like ref­er­en­dum.” Turkey, a Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tion that strad­dles the Bosporus, be­gan EU mem­ber­ship ne­go­ti­a­tions in 2005 but talks have made little progress. Ties with EU na­tions soured be­fore a di­vi­sive Turk­ish ref­er­en­dum in April on ex­pand­ing pres­i­den­tial pow­ers, with Er­do­gan voic­ing harsh crit­i­cism of sev­eral EU na­tions.

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