Following Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish areas of northern Syria, France has stopped arms sales to Turkey, as has Germany. But Britain hasn’t, indeed it’s refused to even criticise Turkey. Why?
A major reason is that if and when Britain leaves the EU it abandons the protection of being part of the world’s biggest trading bloc. Turkey could punish one European country, but it can’t possibly take on the whole EU. That’s not to say Turkey could damage the UK economy, or that Turkey wouldn’t take a hit, but perhaps it decides it is worth a hit – especially against a Britain that is desperate for trade deals and trade.
Britain in its post-EU future is about to have a find out it has a lot less ability to criticise other countries.