Prime Minister David Cameron debunked his own minister for alleging Britain has no power over Turkey’s success to EU and stated that Turkey is on course to join the European Union only in the year 3000 on its current rate of progress. Cameron responded to Defence Minister, Penny Mordaunt, who had claimed that Britain had no veto over Turkish accession to the 28-member bloc as “misleading” and “absolutely wrong”.
In her remarks, the Armed Forces Minister Mordaunt alleged that Turkey is going to join the EU in the next eight years and the UK will be unable to block the move. However, Cameron replied on Sunday that “the Leave campaign are making a very misleading claim.” Upon inquiry if Ms Mordaunt was wrong to say Britain would not be able to veto its membership, Cameron asserted that “absolutely wrong. Let me be clear, Britain and every other country in the European Union has a veto on another country joining. That is a fact, and the fact that the Leave campaign are getting things as straightforward as this wrong should call in to question their whole judgment in making the bigger argument about leaving the EU.”
When further asked if she was qualified to remain in government, the prime minister clearly stated that “her responsibilities are in the Ministry of Defence, she is doing a very good job. But on this question of whether of not we have a veto, the Leave campaign are wrong.” Mr Cameron elucidated that “it is not remotely on the cards that Turkey is going to join the EU any time soon. They applied in 1987. At the current rate of progress they will probably get round to joining in about the year 3000 according to the latest forecasts.”
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