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Less than 48 hours before Thursday's historic EU referendum, it emerged EU members will meet with Ankara on June 30 to discuss a host of affairs including finance and budget.
It comes after the 28-nation bloc pledged to speed up Turkey’s membership talks as part of a controversial agreement to tackle the migrant crisis.
The latest announcement will fuel fears EU officials are trying to keep any visa deal with Turkey secret until after the historic referendum.
Turkey’s membership of the bloc has been a hot topic of the Brexit debate as critics press Mr Cameron on whether he would use Britain’s right to veto their entry or not.
You wouldn't have to, but you have no economic case whatsoever and can only offer emotions
We do want Turkey to Westernise, and we need favours from them from time to time, so it makes sense from our own interests to encourage them, but they are going backwards in their EU ambitions under Erdogan at the moment on so many issues like human rights, treatment of minorities, press freedom, corruption and so on. In 10 years they've managed to achieve the science and research chapter - 1 out of the 35 conditions for membership and in most areas they've not even made a start.
Any EU country can veto them joining if they ever get close, with Greece and Cyprus some obvious candidates to do so, and France and Austria would have a referendum on it. I'm not sure anyone is really keen in Europe for them to join. Even within Turkey support for joining has declined.
If by some miracle they do join it will be decades away and 7 years transitional immigration controls on top of that. We may well have had another referendum by then. Turkey would also be a very different country if they achieve membership.