After Erdogan’s win and Brexit: What are the Prospects for a UK-Turkey Partnership with the EU?


27th April, 2017

Sinan Ulgen, Chairman, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy

Daniel Dombey, Brexit editor, Financial Times

Chaired by:

Alba Lamberti, Senior Advocacy Director, ECFR


Turkey’s journey to eventually join the EU has been long and hazardous and the vote held last week is likely to lead to further deterioration in the relationship. At the same time, the triggering of Article 50 by the UK also heralds the beginning of a new reality for the country’s relationship with the EU. Can a more collusive Turkey-UK relationship benefit the two governments and improve their negotiating positions? Would a more coordinated Turkey-UK position allow the EU to demonstrate more institutional flexibility in devising common solutions to a set of common problems faced by two of its future and closest partners?

Sinan Ulgen (@sinanulgen1) is the chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy (EDAM) based in Istanbul and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe. He is a former Turkish diplomat. He is the author of ‘Negotiating Brexit: The Prospect of a UK-Turkey Partnership

Daniel Dombey (@danieldombey) is the Brexit editor for the Financial Times. Previously, he was their Turkey Correspondent. He also covered the beginning of the EU membership negotiations with Turkey.

Alba Lamberti (@alba_lamberti) is the Senior Advocacy Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, she was the EU & NATO Advocacy Manager at the International Crisis Group in Brussels.

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