Brexit not good for Turkey - AKP spokesperson

Turkey respects the British people will to leave the European Union, but will be negatively affected by Brexit, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson as saying on Friday.

Ömer Çelik’s statements came the day the British parliament rejected the EU withdrawal agreement for a third time, postponing Brexit to Apr. 12.

“The Brexit deadlock is a big problem for the EU and the United Kingdom,” Çelik said, adding that Britain was a supporter of Turkey in the bloc.

Çelik said that Brussels was unable to keep countries in the union and had having a hard time in sustaining its values. “As we always say, if the EU had given Turkey full membership, it wouldn’t have faced any of these problems,” he said.

According to a recent report the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Turkey and Poland will face the highest exposure to trade disruptions, if the United Kingdom leaves the EU with no deal.