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‘Historic Moment for Britain’: Turkish MP on Global Impact of Brexit

© REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne / A scrabble board spells out Brexit in Dublin, Ireland May 4 2016.
A scrabble board spells out Brexit in Dublin, Ireland May 4 2016. - Sputnik International
Hours after Britons voted to walk out of the European Union in a referendum on Thursday, Radio Sputnik discussed the possible fallout from Brexit with Öztürk Yılmaz, deputy chairman of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s party Öztürk Yılmaz.

 “This is a truly historic moment for Britain. The marriage that  lasted for 43 years is now over. Brexit will have a clear impact on the the negotiating process now going on between Turkey and the EU. What we see happening now is a marginalization of European politics, radicalization of liberal and conservative forces there. The migrant crisis and rising xenophobia are also a factor here,” Öztürk Yılmaz said.

He added that the Britain’s exit would further undermine Turkey’s bid to join the EU as Brexit is putting on hold Ankara’s hopes to join the 28-nation bloc on hold.

An illuminated In or Out sign is pictured outside a house in Hangleton near Brighton in southern England, on June 23, 2016, as Britain holds a referendum on whether to stay or leave the European Union (EU) - Sputnik International
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Brexit will also have a serious impact on the course of the ongoing talks on the problem of Cyprus because Britain, as an EU member, acted as a guarantor of a peaceful settlement of the Cypriot crisis. We may now see a change in Britain’s position on this issue,” Öztürk Yılmaz noted.

“As a whole, the consequences of Thursday’s vote in Britain will be felt both in the UK, the EU and just about everywhere else in the world. Because from now on we’ll be dealing with Britain acting outside the EU framework,” he said in conclusion.

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