The furious Turkish president has vowed to open his country’s borders to all migrants
The furious Turkish president has vowed to open his country’s borders to all migrants in revenge after the European Parliament voted to halt EU membership talks.
Turkey’s bid to join the EU now looks doomed after the European Parliament demanded that membership talks with Ankara are frozen.
The demand was made amid growing unease over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘increasingly authoritarian regime’ in the country
The EU struck a deal earlier this year to return migrants to Turkey in return for a package including aid for the refugees and accelerated membership talks.
But now Erdogan has declared that if the freeze continues he will open Turkey’s gates for all migrants to flood into Europe.
Speaking at a congress on women’s justice in Istanbul, he said: ‘If you go any further, these border gates will be opened.
‘Neither me nor my people will be affected by these dry threats. It wouldn’t matter if all of you approved the (European parliament) vote.’