It is a very rare thing to see Britain attending a meeting regarding the future of the European Union itself. I, surely, wrote about his hypocrisy regarding Brexit promises why it will lead to cheaper immigration and labour from third countries when it occurred but all will depend on the negotiations with the other EU states. (read also Independent’s analyse here).
In December 2015, Boris Johnson said that Mr Trump was “out of his mind” for suggesting a ban on Muslims entering the US. But as we leap forward to November 2016, and Mr Johnson’s words of welcome for a “positive” Trump presidency, it’s time to take a look back to look deeper to his positions regarding Turkey.
Even Boris Johnson’s Turkish cousin says the leader of the Brexit camp has turned into “such a Little Englander” he is no longer “being very honest about his views”.
— Jo Richards (@JoRichardsKent) 28 septembre 2016
Mr Johnson campaigned hard for Brexit during the European Union referendum campaign on the basis that Turkey was about to join the bloc and open up free movement with the UK.
Since his appointment to the Cabinet the former Mayor of London has said however clarified that he in fact supports Turkey joining the EU.
At a press conference alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, he said: “What I hope for is a jumbo free trade deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey,” adding: “We are leaving the EU, but we are not leaving Europe.”
Is he a bad joke or is he getting paid for his views?
According to RT.com, Boris was attacked by other EU ministers after he warned that going too hard on Turkey’s potential introduction of the death penalty would alienate a key regional and NATO ally.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he aims to restore capital punishment in the wake of a coup attempt in July.
Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed the return of the death penalty this summer after he purged over 100,000 potential political opponents from the country’s civil service and arrested opposition political parties.
Tension have been running high between the EU and Turkey in recent months. On November 14, Erdogan accused Brussels of pressing Ankara to give up its bid to join the bloc.
Ankara began formal accession talks with the EU in 2005. In March 2016, the sides reached what appeared to be an historic deal, sealing a joint plan to tackle the migrant crisis.
Ankara promised it would assist the EU in dealing with the influx of refugees and migrants, in exchange for multibillion-euro funding as well as the potential facilitation of EU accession and visa-free travel within the Schengen zone for Turkish citizens.
The former London mayor was at a conference of foreign ministers in Brussels when he said that Turkey, which he called a key ally, should not be “pushed into a corner” over the death penalty.
“We should not overreact in a way that is against our collective interests,” Johnson cautioned, according to the Times.
Diplomats told the paper that EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini “slapped him down” and said EU capital punishment rules would clearly rule out membership for a country which insisted upon the death penalty.
One diplomat described Mr Johnson’s intervention as “unbelievable”, according to The Financial Times newspaper.
HOWEVER, during the so “unreal and based on fake promises” campaign for Brexit when the Turkish Sultan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, took legal action against German satirist Jan Boehmermann for performing a poem insulting to the Turkish premier, Boris Johnson wrote a poem of his own.
The limerick read: “There was a young fellow from Ankara. Who was a terrific wankerer. Till he sowed his wild oats. With the help of a goat. But he didn’t even stop to thankera.”
Boris greets Turkey’s President in Wankera pic.twitter.com/j0BSPgV6ly
— Annie O’Fence (@gimblemusk) 28 septembre 2016
After Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the diplomatic world by appointing Johnson Foreign Secretary in July, Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim said he needed to “make it up” with the Turks.
More significantly, though, Mr Johnson has several times changed his public stance on whether or not Turkey should join the EU.
During the referendum campaign, he repeatedly warned voters about the prospect of Turkey joining the EU – and the impact migration from the country could have on the UK. That was despite the fact he had previously said keeping Turkey out of the bloc “sent out the worst possible message to moderates in the Islamic world”.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the BBC at the time: “May God help him and reform him.”
Since the referendum, however, Mr Johnson has changed his tone again.
In September 2016, he visited Turkey in search of a “jumbo trade deal”. During the trip, he called for “a new partnership” between the UK and Turkey, extolling the virtues of his “beautiful, very well functioning” Turkish washing machine.
He also said the UK would “help Turkey in any way” with its bid to join the EU.
— As It Happens (@cbcasithappens) 27 septembre 2016
Who is Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson grandfather was half-Turkish and born Osman Kemal, later changing his name to Wilfred Johnson, due to anti-Turkish sentiment in England prior to the First World War. Otherwise Mr Johnson would be called Boris Kemal.His great-grandfather was a Turkish journalist and politician, Ali Kemal Bey, who was beaten to death by a baying mob after criticising the emerging nationalist movement of the 1920s.
Back in 2008 he told the Telegraph “It is interesting to look at how British I can feel and yet, actually, what a completely mongrel composition I really am.
“What it really teaches me is that our genes pulse down our lives and we don’t really know where they have come from and where they are going.
“Fundamentally, in the end it is all very democratic.”
Although UK’s Boris likes to adopt a caricature English toff persona, he is actually an American. Born in New York in 1964, until some years ago had American nationality.
— Steve Rico (@steverico3rd) 15 octobre 2016