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Turkey grabs $3 billion of EU cash but now welshes on migrant deal - thank heavens for Brexit

Tom Winnifrith
Wednesday 15 March 2017

You may remember that the leaders of the EU, backed by that imbecile Dave Cameron, agreed to give President Erdogan's Turkey $6 billion if it promised to stop migrants flooding to Europe. Forget that Erdogan gags and shuts down a free press, fires teachers who do not support his crackpot ideas, discriminates against gays, has offered overt support to Islamofascists in Syria, bombed Kurdish civilians and does all sorts of other things we are not so keen on, the EU thought it had secured a cracking deal.

But President Erdogan whose behaviour has led some to brand him a bit of a fascist, has decided that Europeans, notably the uber liberal Dutch, are bad folks. Indeed he has compared the Dutch to the Nazis. Pots, kettles, etc.

And to punish the wicked Dutch he has announced that having trousered half of the $6 billion bribe for stopping migrants heading to Europe, the deal is off and the floodgates will be reopened. This will happen just in time for the Dutch elections and just a few weeks before the French go to the polls. One imagines that anti migrant populists Gert Wilders and Marine Le Pen will be thinking that all their Christmases have arrived at once. For those of us who would rather that Le Pen and Wilders did not win, the collapse of the EU's pathetic attempt to bribe an obvious lunatic with taxpayers hard earned cash is predictable, but less than welcome.

Here in Britain perhaps it is a cue to speed up the Brexit process and leave the EU to deal with President Erdogan all by itself. However, before we go, perhaps we should also to make it clear to the 2 million folks preparing to leave Turkey that Scotland is very keen to play its part in Europe and as such would welcome every single last one of them with open arms.

If I was a migrant and given the choice of living in squalid slums in a second world country heading for bankruptcy or staying in Turkey, I'd probably reject Scotland's invitation but at least it should be made.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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