Er­do­gan sug­gests UK-style ref­er­en­dum on Turkey EU bid

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

ANKARA, TURKEY—Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has sug­gested Turkey could hold a ref­er­en­dum over whether to con­tinue its long-stalled ac­ces­sion process to join the Euro­pean Union.

An­grily lash­ing out at the bloc’s treat­ment of Ankara, Er­do­gan said Turkey could hold a ref­er­en­dum along the lines of the plebescite in Bri­tain, where vot­ers are de­cid­ing Thurs­day whether to stay in the Euro­pean Union or leave.

His com­ments were the first time the Turk­ish strong­man had raised the prospect of hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on Turkey’s EU bid. He had pre­vi­ously re­peat­edly in­sisted that full mem­ber­ship of the Euro­pean Union was Turkey’s strate­gic aim.

“We can stand up and ask the peo­ple just like the Bri­tish are do­ing,” Er­do­gan said late Wed­nes­day at a speech in Is­tan­bul, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

“We would ask ‘Do we con­tinue the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Euro­pean Union or do we end it?’ If the peo­ple say ‘con­tinue’, then we would carry on,” Er­do­gan said.—APP

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