•In a debate on the European Commission's Progress Report on Turkey yesterday, William Dartmouth, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar and spokesman on trade, called for the EU to suspend Turkey's pre-accession funding: "This amounts to a staggering figure of €4.45bn (£3.2bn) over seven years."
He said: "Should Turkey become a Member State, Iran, Iraq, Syria would all have borders with the UK.
"The British Liberal Democrats, the British Labour Party, and especially the British Conservatives, are all cheerleaders for Turkey to become a Member State of the European Union. I urge them in the national interest and in the interest of the Member States, to consider that whatever their rationalisation may have been when this policy was originally formulated, the facts on the ground have changed.
"Turkey is no longer a critical Member State of the European Union - if indeed it ever was. Turkey is also a persistent and systematic violator of the human rights of its own people," Dartmouth said.
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