Author : Hurriyet Dailynews
Posted : March 25, 2017
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on March 25 that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks following the April 16 vote on constitutional amendments.
“Right now we are holding a referendum on April 16 and after that we could choose to do a second one on the (EU) accession talks and we would abide by whatever our people would say there,” Erdoğan told a forum in the southern province of Antalya.
Earlier, the president said the country is not anyone’s stooge amid an ongoing row with the European countries.
“So they (EU) say, they will not accept us if ‘yes’ votes emerge on April 16 (charter referendum). Wish they can make that decision. They will make our work easier. They can lead us to take more swift decision. April 16 is a breaking point for us. For that reason ‘yes’ vote is very important. We will discuss those in detail because Turkey is not the stooge of anyone. Everyone should know that,” Erdoğan said speaking at an event in the southern province of Antalya.
Erdoğan also reiterated that he will continue to call Europe “fascists” and “Nazi” as long as they called him a “dictator.”
Turkey began EU accession talks in 2005 but they have moved very slowly due to disagreements over Cyprus, human rights and other issues.
Relations between Ankara and Brussels have become particularly strained in recent months.