Jack Straw calls for 70m Turks to join EU to prove ‘West and Islam can live together’
Jack Straw yesterday called for Turkey to be allowed to join the EU to prove the West and Islam can live peacefully side by side.
Other EU members, including France, have reservations over Turkey – whose 70million population is almost exclusively Muslim – being granted membership amid continuing human rights abuses.
During a visit to Istanbul, the Justice Secretary said he was “frustrated with the difficulties being placed in the way” of Turkey joining the EU.
Full membership would allow Turkish citizens full rights to work and live in the UK, where many have strong family ties, without visas.