The EU has tabled a deal for Turkey in exchange for a clampdown on migrants
The proposal was expected to be signed off by political leaders at a summit in Brussels last night, European Council president Donald Tusk said.German chancellor Angela Merkel spearheaded the bid, stating it will make Muslim-dominated Turkey the EU’s 29th member state.
The deal has submitted fears that Europe’s doors will be left wide open to Islamic extremists.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “This isn’t just a deal to deal with migration across the Mediterranean. What Merkel is proposing is that we fast track Turkey as members of the EU.“What that will mean is 75 million people who will have freedom of movement to come to the rest of Europe and to this country.”
Mr Farage speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News yesterday : “A recent reputable poll showed that eight per cent of the Turkish population are Islamic State sympathisers. We must be literally mad.”
David Cameron added ; ‘Turkey need to be part of the solution to the migrant crisis.’ & “This summit matters because we need a comprehensive solution to the migrant crisis in Europe and that involves Turkey.”
Chancellor Merkel gave her blunt assessment of the situation saying: “We will agree on the EU Turkey action plan.“One main part of this EU-Turkey plan will be how we can replace illegal migration by legal migration; how we can improve the situation of refugees within Turkey.”
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called it an “historic day” for his country.
Mr Tusk said ‘there were about 1.5 million illegal entries into the EU this year so far.’Only 20 percent were said to be Syrian refugees. Most are from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and north Africa.
The EU’s proposed deal is riding on Turkey’s promises to tighten all border controls. Thus in return, they will receive £2.1billion plus benefits involving the speeding up of procedures regarding its bid to join the EU (consequentially winning visa-free access for Turks)