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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A Brexit Blueprint for Turkey? | Geopolitical Monitor

A Brexit Blueprint for Turkey?

January 2, 2018 Neil Thompson Merke

Given the long history of failed Turkish-EU ascension talks and the continuing political upheaval in Turkey, the issue of Turkey joining the EU has long been a moribund one. But speculation is now mounting that by voting to leave the European Union, Britain will inadvertently create a kind of blueprint for a closer kind of customs union, one that can be used to improve ties with politically sensitive countries such as Ukraine or Turkey without actually bringing them into the EU. This would allow for better economic ties without the need for the kinds of fundamental political reforms which are a prerequisite for EU membership. It would also circumvent the requirement for the free movement of labor, which has become a cause celebre of anti-Brussels nationalists across the Continent.

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