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Turkey’s dream: should it be ours? Scrutinizing a customs union future

date: TBC - Westminster, London

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Turkey’s dream: should it be ours? Scrutinizing a customs union future

In 1995, Turkey and the European Union signed the Ankara Agreement: a treaty providing for the formation of a customs union between them.

This customs union has gained renewed interest in the United Kingdom, with it cited as a potential model for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

For the Labour Party a customs union is described as an ideal end-state; for the Conservatives, a temporary solution for the Irish border question - but not a long term ideal. Indeed, for many leave voters, exiting the customs union is seen as one of the great prizes Brexit has to offer.

Whichever side one is coming from, Turkey - the largest country in a customs union with the EU - is certainly a relevant existing case to consider.

But customs unions are not uniform. In October 2016, the European Commission published a study on the possibility of enhancing the customs union with Turkey, which it proposed to the European Council in December 2016.

Yet, to date, no substantive changes have been made. Understandably, this has frustrated many in Turkey, who see the current agreement as deeply problematic.

This event - hosted in partnership with Conservative Friends of Turkey - will explore where these problematic areas lie and the scope for reforming them. We will then scrutinise the arguments that are being made in favour of the UK joining some form of customs union.

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