Brexit’ in Turkish Political Debates: End of the Road or a New Trajectory?

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Alpan B. Z. , Şenyuva Ö.

in: Changing Perceptions of the EU at Times of BrexitGlobal Perspectives, Johanna Speyer,Natalia Chaban and Arne Niemann, Editor, Routledge, London/New York , London, pp.45-60, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Routledge, London/New York 
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-60
  • Editors: Johanna Speyer,Natalia Chaban and Arne Niemann, Editor


This chapter explores perceptions of the Brexit process and images of European integration after Brexit in Turkey. It aims to identify perceptions of the European Union (EU) among Turkish elites, general public opinion and Turkish EU experts in the period of uncertainty following the Brexit vote of 2016 in the UK. The prevalent British sentiment that the EU is a Franco-German project that privileged French and German interests to the detriment of those of the other member states is somewhat similar to the main assumptions of the double standards discourse dominant in Turkish society. The rapid increase in publications that provide data-based analyses of Turkish public opinion in the second half of the 2000s is closely linked with the increased availability of data through Eurobarometer, Transatlantic Trends Survey, Turkish Election Survey. The low interest shown in Brexit is also related to the particular position of the Turkish public opinion towards the EU and the corresponding negative framing by Turkish politicians.