Boris Johnson Backs Turkey’s EU Bid After Vote Leave Warned Of Its Impending Membership

Boris Johnson has said he will support Turkey’s EU membership bid, just months after the Brexit campaign he championed warned of the same scenario.

The foreign secretary said he would help “in any way” to secure Turkey’s status as an EU member, despite Britain voting to leave.

He made the comments on a visit to Turkey, where he is seeking to strengthen diplomatic ties after the high-stakes Brexit campaign. 

Johnson has previously campaigned for the EU to spread its membership eastwards, saying in 2006 that “our generation has a historic chance… to build a bridge between the Islamic and Christian worlds”.

But Vote Leave, the Brexit campaign he backed, appeared on busses and spoke at rallies for, repeatedly used the possibility of Turkey joining the EU membership to warn of 76 million people flooding into Britain.

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