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Asked if the Prime Minister was canvassing for Turkey to join the EU, the Prime Minister’s Spokeswoman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister had said during his speech this morning that he would remain Turkey’s strongest possible advocate for EU Membership and for greater influence at the top table of European diplomacy.

Asked if the Prime Minister mentioned immigration controls in his speech, the PMS said that the Prime Minister did not make direct reference to immigration controls, but clearly there were concerns about this and changes needed to be made. We wanted to ensure that the brightest and the best people who wanted to work and study in Britain were able to do so.

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with the Business Secretary that immigration policy should be as liberal as possible, the PMS said that the Home Secretary had made our position very clear; we wanted to reduce immigration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands, and the system needed overhauling. We needed to ensure that people didn’t abuse the system and those who wanted to come and work and study here were able to do so.

Asked if there would be specific transitional arrangements regarding immigration if Turkey joined the EU, the PMS said that we were not going to speculate on what future policies there may or may not be, but of course it could be a possibility.

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