We are very excited to invite you to a public forum on The Aftermath of the Brexit vote: The future for British-Turkish relations and the Syrian refugee Crisis. The Head of Foreign Relations department at the Turkish Presidency, Ayse Sozen Usluer will be the speaker and the event is kindly hosted by Philip Hollobone MP for Kettering.
On the 23rd of June Britain voted to part its ways with the European Union (EU) with 51.89% of the votes on a national turnout of 72%. A majority in England and Wales voted to leave the EU in contrast to the high votes to remain a part of the EU in Scotland and Northern Island. The process of leaving the EU will start with the evoking of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union which is expected to take place in March 2017, and the process will take a several years to be completed.
How will Brexit effect British-Turkish Relations?
The UK and Turkey has always had a constructive and positive relationship. The UK government supported Turkey’s accession process in 2005 and continued its support throughout the last decade. The decision of the UK to exit the EU is an important development which Turkey will certainly consider while maintaining its strong ties with the UK.
However, the campaigns carried out by Brexit supporters during the EU referendum were heavily based on sentiments of xenophobia and Islamophobia against Turkey. Even the Vote Remain campaigners, including the former Prime Minister Cameron, did not refrain from openly opposing Turkey’s EU membership, which was contradictory to the UK’s previous support for Turkey. The main arguments put forward by Brexit campaigners were based around the idea that Britain should leave the EU because Turkey will eventually be joining the EU.
Turkey will be holding an EU referendum very soon to decide whether Turkey will carry on pursuing to join the EU or to completely withdraw its application and its position as an applicant country. If Turkey also votes to move away from the EU, Britain and Turkey will both find themselves in the same position; two important countries independent from the EU. What will be the future for the two powers?
Turkey, EU and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Turkey is currently home to 2.7 Syrian refugees, making Turkey the largest Syrian refugee hosting country. The EU made a deal with Turkey in orser to control the flow of Syrian immigrants to Europe, promising Turkey 6 Billion US Dollars.
How will the Syrian refugee crisis be affected if Turkey votes to turn away from the EU?
Date: Monday 12 December 2016
Event times: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (allow 30 minutes for security clearance)
Venue address: Thatcher Room Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House, London SW1A 2LW