How Turkey views Brexit Britain: The Past and Future of Bilateral Relations

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This Foreign Policy Centre and Aston Centre for Europe seminar will explore how Anglo-Turkish relations have historically fluctuated between animosity and partnership.Following high-profile government visits on both sides in the past two years, the seminar will explore whether the relationship is at the start of a potentially new phase.

Speakers:

  • • Khalid Mahmood MP, Shadow Europe Minister;
  • • Dr Yaprak Gürsoy, Lecturer, Aston University;
  • • Sir David Logan, Former British Ambassador to Turkey;
  • • Dr Ziyal Meral, Senior Resident Fellow, Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research.

Following the Brexit referendum and the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, both countries seemed to have approached each other to increase their cooperation in security and trade. While there are new opportunities in bilateral relations, there are also continuous challenges. Both countries have other priorities in foreign policy, such as contrasting relations with Russia and the USA, Britain’s preoccupation with rebuilding relations with Commonwealth countries after Brexit and Turkey’s long-term aims in the Middle East. There are dangers affecting bilateral relations in domestic politics as well, with the impact of the Leave campaign against immigration and anti-Western attitudes in Turkey being the most prominent concerns.

Given these contemporary developments and taking into account the history of bilateral relations, this seminar will examine Turkish perceptions of the UK. In particular, it will ask how Turkish policy-makers and business people view the UK, what expectations they have of post-Brexit relations and whether the UK should meet these expectations.The basis of any long-term partnership rests on mutual understandings and expectations.(See: 'Why would a Third Country Root for Soft Brexit? Views and Lessons from Turkey' -the latest article by Dr Yaprak Gürsoy)

By shedding light on how Brexit Britain is perceived by Turkish elites, the seminar will serve the purpose of building sustainable cooperation between the two societies not only now but also into the future.

The Aston Centre for Europe operates with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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