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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL232, tabled on 23 May 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support the admission of Turkey to the EU.

Answered on

6 June 2016

The Government supports the process of Turkey’s EU accession, which remains the most effective means of encouraging reform, stability and democracy in Turkey. But as the Prime Minister, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), has made it clear that the question of Turkey actually joining the EU is 'not remotely on the cards', indeed that he does not believe it will happen 'for decades'. Every Member State has a veto, at every stage of the process. It is the Government's policy not to agree to any further enlargement of the EU without a new system of controls on the movement of workers being put in place. Under the European Union Act 2011, any new Accession Treaty would require primary legislation before it could be ratified.