Drlee wrote:Turkey could have been in the EU long ago if they were not a pariah state with questionable democracy, a sponsor of terrorism, engage in threatening and intimidating an EU member state, and controlled by an autocratic asshole. So Turkey did not really try to get it, it tried to bully its way in.
Turkey was on its way to membership by gradually introducing democratic reforms. It's only during the second part of Erdogan's regime that Turkey started to move in the opposite direction.
Erdogan knows that EU membership is out off the question because of the direction he is taking the country into. He has substituted the goal of EU membership with neo-Ottoman imperialism. The two don't go together.
BeesKnee5 wrote:The UK government had control of fishing rights, just like every other EU country. They chose to sell them to the highest bidder. Then they allowed the transfer of fishing rights which allowed foreign boat owners to buy up the rights from small UK fishing boats.
That is in line with neoliberal thinking. The UK is the strongest advocate of the free market, deregulation and neoliberalism. Therefore, it is only logical that it should sacrifice its fishermen. If the Brexitters have their way, they will also sacrifice the British working man on the altar of the free market and deregulation.
The fishermen are just small fry.