The EU has promised Turkey EU membership for decades, and has recently offered to fast-track the Islamic republic's application in a bid to convince president Erdogan regime to keep three million migrants from travelling to Europe.
But speaking on Newsnight, Mr Erdogan’s chief adviser has claimed the Turkish government are having second thoughts about joining the bloc following Brexit.
Asked by Evan Davis if Turkey was concerned their bid to become an EU member state was fading into the distance, Ilnur Cevik said: “Not really, because we are not sure where the EU is going anyway.
Mr Erdogan’s chief adviser claimed the Turkish government are having second thoughts about the EU
He added: “We’re trying to get into the EU while you guys are trying to get out.
“The irony is we have been pushing and pushing and they haven’t accepted us.
“For the past 54 years we have been at the doorstep being treated like beggars and our people are very unhappy about that.
A look back on the shocking Turkish military coup that left 294 dead
Wed, July 27, 2016
The violent military coup to overthrow Turkey's President Erdogan has 'failed' leaving at least 104 dead and more than 1,500 wounded
1 of 42
A police officer talks with the soldiers involved in the coup attempt after they surrendered
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
Ilnur Cevik claimed the government were questiong whether joining was 'worth the effort'
“And we see our friends back in Britain with Brexit coming out of the EU and we’re saying ‘is it really worth all the effort?’”
It comes as Turkey prepares to vote on constitutional reforms which would see President Erdogan receive new powers as president – in a move critics have claimed would give him the authority of a dictator.
Mr Cevik added: “We’ll see after the referendum, the president will sit down with the EU leaders, and I think we will really ask for an account of what has happened until now.”
The EU has promised Turkey EU membership for decades
Merkel has worked closely with Turkey to maintain their migrant agreement
Earlier this week, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Europe “is collapsing” and “will pay” for the way it has treated Turkey.
As diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the bloc continue to escalate, Erdogan declared that his countries success is making eurocrats go “crazy”.
Erdogan said: “They said a century ago that we were the ‘sick man’. Now they are the ‘sick men’. Europe is collapsing.”