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Erdogan threatens EU with UK-style referendum on stalled EU bid: Hurriyet

on Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:14 pm
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, Hurriyet reported.

Angrily lashing out at the bloc’s treatment of Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey could hold a referendum along the lines of that in Britain, where voters are deciding on June 23 whether to stay in the European Union or leave, according to Hurriyet. “We can stand up and ask the people just like the British are doing,” Erdogan said in a speech late June 22 at a fast-breaking dinner, quoted by the state-run Anadolu Agency. “We would ask, ‘Should we continue the negotiations with the European Union or should we end them?’ If the people say ‘continue,’ then we would carry on,” Erdogan said. Read also Turkey could block migration deal with EU over visas He accused the EU of not wanting to accept Turkey as a member as it is a “Muslim-majority country.” Erdogan said Turkey had been promised membership in 1963 but that nothing had happened despite the passage of 53 years. “Why are you stalling?” he asked...............

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