West Midlands MEP James Carver has raised his grave concerns over plans for Turkey to join the European Union.
Such are his fears about the country that he has raised his worries at the European Parliament sitting in Strasbourg.
“I do not believe they should be allowed to join, it is wrong on so many fronts,” he said later.
“Their admission would mean that their 75 million population would acquire freedom of movement within the EU and there is no doubt at all that not only would countless numbers come here but it would make it even easier for terrorists from other countries to head our way.
“And it is outrageous that they have been allocated £3278 million in pre-accession funds. But of course it’s fine and dandy for the EU to throw money around, they have so much, including the £55 million a day they get from the UK, “ said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
In his speech in Strasbourg, Mr Carver, who sits on the EU Foreign Affairs Committee, said that it was difficult to understand Turkey’s foreign policy strategy bearing in mind how they initially stood by preventing Kobani inhabitants from either escaping or protecting themselves before begrudgingly allowing Kurdish intervention.
“Turkey’s latest rationale seems to indicate that by now attacking the Islamist state the West might somehow be more tolerant of their own disgraceful behaviour towards the Kurds.
“Furthermore there is the question of Turkey’s aspirations in Syria having now given logistical and intelligent support to Jaish Al-Fatah, the very command structure for Syrian Jihadists groups, and one must consider whether they support a Sunni overthrow of a Shia government.
“Considering all this can we truly put our hands on our hearts and say Turkey generally upholds Western values.
“I for one believe the time has come to formally curb Turkish aspirations for eventual EU membership,” he concluded.