On January 1st, 2021, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union, and with it, the Ankara Agreement. The agreement, which was signed in 1963, allowed for Turkish citizens to work and reside in European Economic Community (EEC) countries, now known as the European Union.
However, the UK was never a member of the Ankara Agreement, as it predates its EU membership. Instead, the UK had a separate agreement with Turkey, which allowed for Turkish citizens to work and live in the UK. This agreement will still be in place post-Brexit, meaning Turkish citizens can still come to the UK under this agreement.
The Ankara Agreement also allowed for the free movement of goods, services, and capital between Turkey and the EU. This aspect of the agreement will no longer apply to the UK, and instead, the UK and Turkey will need to negotiate a separate trade agreement.
One potential issue that may arise is the status of Turkish citizens who currently reside in the UK under the Ankara Agreement. These individuals may face uncertainty and confusion, as their residency status may not be clear under the new post-Brexit arrangements. The UK government has stated that those already residing in the country will be protected, but it remains to be seen how this will be enforced in practice.
It`s important to note that Turkey is not an EU member state, and therefore, its relationship with the UK is not directly impacted by Brexit. However, the UK`s departure from the EU still has implications for the Ankara Agreement and the relationship between Turkey and the EU as a whole.
In conclusion, the Ankara Agreement will no longer apply to the UK post-Brexit, but the separate agreement between the UK and Turkey will remain in place. This means that Turkish citizens can still come to the UK to live and work, but they may face uncertainty over their residency status. As for trade and economic relations, the UK and Turkey will need to negotiate a new agreement to replace the free movement of goods, services, and capital that existed under the Ankara Agreement.