Rebellion on Turkey joining European Union July 17, 2010Posted by Yilan in EU, European Union, Turkey.
Tags: EU, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Left wing Tories, Turkey
Foreign Secretary William Hague faces a rebellion by right-wing Tories over plans to let Turkey join the European Union.
Germany has led fierce opposition with warnings that hundreds of thousands of Turks will look for work in richer countries.
But in a speech last week, Mr Hague said Turkey was Europe’s biggest emerging economy and that Britain would “make a particular diplomatic effort” to work with it.
Mr Hague said those efforts would start with a “major visit” this week by Turkish foreign minister Ahmed Davutoglu.
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But Roger Helmer, Tory Euro MP for the East Midlands, warned: “British voters won’t stand for Turkish membership – nor will other EU states.”
The row comes days after Home Secretary Theresa May announced a plan to cap the number of non-EU migrants.
It also highlights increasing pressure on the coalition Government from Euro-sceptic Tories.