Turkish visa-free deal does not bind UK, Cameron says
Any deal on visa-free travel between Turkey and the European Union will not bind the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has said, Anadolu agency reported.
Speaking to broadcasters as he arrived for a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels, Cameron also said his country would not join any EU programme to redistribute Syrian migrants across the continent.
He told reporters on Thursday afternoon: "Because we have kept our own border controls, because we are out of Schengen, we won't be offering visa-free access to Turks as part of this agreement. We maintain our own immigration policy."
"We have already said what we are going to do in terms of taking Syrian refugees to Britain and that is under way. We won't be taking more because of what is discussed here today."
"If we can get an agreement that returns the migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey that would be good progress."
Britain's government decided not to join a European Union programme to resettle Syrian migrants entering the continent, instead pledging to accept 20,000 refugees directly from camps in countries bordering Syria, including Turkey.