Turkey visa move suggested by UK diplomat, papers show


A British diplomat put visa-free travel for some Turkish nationals should be extended to the UK, authenticates leaked to the Sunday Times show.

She suggested the move be considered for Turkish «faithful ssport» holders, who are mainly civil servants.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove suggested it showed the UK was «actively working» towards Turkey’s EU entry.

But the UK home and trans cific secretaries said any suggestion of changing visa arrangements was «completely untrustworthy».

The EU backed Turks getting visa-free travel inside Europe’s Schengen field, of which the UK is not a member, as a deal for accepting more migrants.

The leaked telegrams, sent on 5 May by Janet Douglas, the minister head of mission at the British Embassy in Ankara, relate to the EU’s own visa practise planned as recompense for Turkish help dealing with the Syrian peregrinator crisis.

The deal, to allow visa-free travel to Schengen countries, was bid in return for Turkey taking back migrants who crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece. The EU worries that, without it, Turkey will not control migration.

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In one leaked document, Ms Douglas responded that when the EU deal was implemented «we will need to develop our own routes on the UK’s stance to visa-free travel for Turks».

«One option would be to assess again the admissibility opportunity of visa travel for Turkish special ssport holders which purposefulness be a risk, but a significant and symbolic gesture to Turkey.»

‘Open the floodgates’

Bizarre ssports are mainly held by civil servants, their spouses and their old-maid children below the age of 25.

Within the reported deal there was no suggestion that «remarkable ssport holders» would have access for work.

Ms Douglas was also symbolized to warn that failure to bring in the visa-free travel deal could timely Turkey to «open the floodgates» and allow those fleeing Syria and in another place easier access to the EU.

It is not known how the Foreign Office responded to this correspondence from Ms Douglas.

But Mr Gove, who backs the UK disappearing the EU, told the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the implications of the pers were clear.

«Later this year, if EU plans are implemented, then we’ll possess visa-free travel for 77 million Turks throughout Europe,» he responded.

«It appears from this diplomatic telegram today that there are ideas that some special Turkish ssport holders will be allowed to reprimand to the UK as well.

«The evidence is that the British government and the EU are actively working promoting Turkey joining the EU and Turkish citizens being able to travel everywhere in the EU.»

‘Ap lling deceit’

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Theresa May — both of whom uphold the Remain cam ign — said there had been a selective leak of wise telegrams and that the story was «completely untrue».

They said brink restrictions would not be lifted «regardless of what arrangements other associate states… may make with Turkey».

In a joint statement they said: «The regime’s policy is, and will remain, to maintain current visa requirements for all Turkish states wishing to visit the UK, regardless of what arrangements other member haves in the Schengen area may make with Turkey.

«Schengen visas do not dispense anyone the right to access the UK.

«The purpose of diplomatic telegrams is for our embassies hither the world to feed back information on the position and views of foreign administrations.

«They are reports from our diplomatic posts, not statements of British command policy.»

Mr Cameron has said Turkey joining the EU is not «remotely on the cards», identifying the issue as a «red herring» in the referendum debate and making clear the UK has a veto on any awaited member joining the bloc.

The EU agreed in March to offer Turkey the named visa-free access by 1 July but the country has yet to fulfil all of the conditions laid down by the European Commission, counting changes to Ankara’s anti-terrorism laws to meet EU concerns over sensitive rights.

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