If there is one thing that seems to irritate the REMAIN side in the EU Referendum, it is the suggestion that Turkey might join the European Union. This provokes the “dog whistle” racism in the LEAVE side.
Some “dog whistle” facts. There are 75 million people in Turkey. It has an appalling Human Rights record. It is also a potential incubator for Islamist terrorism.
Leaving the “dog whistle” aside, there is a pretty basic fact about Turkey. Most of it is not actually in Europe. Its claim to be a “European” nation is not exactly justified.
The REMAIN campaign way of dealing with the LEAVE campaign that the door is open for Turkey to join the EU…and have potentially more “European” citizens exercising their right to free movement within EU….seems to be to say that this is impossible. Turkey is not about to join EU…it would be at least thirty years …and so on. It is…we are told… “a red herring”.
Of course this might be the case.
But as I was at a pro-EU event, organised by SDLP Youth in February and as I blogged, a leading REMAIN campaignner (NOT a member of SDLP) looked forward to Turkey joining the EU. It would he said make Europe “less white and less Christian”.
I wonder if this is now dropped from his presentation at other SDLP organised events.