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Turkey: EU Accession

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6867, tabled on 9 March 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Turkish citizens likely to seek to relocate to other member states of the EU if Turkey becomes a member state.

Answered on

23 March 2016

No worthwhile assessment could be made ahead of much greater clarity both about the potential timescale for Turkish accession and the rules that would apply to freedom of movement of people at that time.

Turkish accession is not in prospect for many years. Since the EU agreed to begin negotiations in 2004, Turkey has concluded one of the 35 chapters of the negotiations.

All decisions about the accession of a new member to the EU require the unanimous agreement of all existing members. In addition, any accession to the EU would under the EU Act 2011 need to be ratified by Act of Parliament. The Government’s policy is not to agree to a new member joining the EU until arrangements have been put in place to ensure that further enlargement does not lead to a large-scale movement of people.