Source: Agencies25 Jun 2016 17:31:24

Ankara, June 25: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Britain's planned exit from the European Union signalled the beginning of a new era and warned the bloc could face new breakups. "I see this decision made by the people of Britain as the beginning of a new era for Britain and the EU," Erdogan said. "Like the entire world, we expected a 'yes' result in the referendum but it turned out like that," he further said said.

Erdogan said the problem today is not Turkey but the EU itself. He warned that new breakups would be inevitable unless the EU renewed its policies toward migrants, rising racism and Islamophobia in Europe. "Turkey will naturally take its place within the union if the EU sincerely questions itself and does what's required swiftly," he said.

"If that does not happen and the EU proceeds on its path by deepening its inconsistency, it will be inevitable for to face new breakups in a short while”. After applying in 1987, Turkey began EU accession talks in 2005 but its membership bid has been held up by an array of problems, with Erdogan this week suggesting Turkey could hold its own referendum on whether to continue its accession efforts.

Erdogan also criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron who during the referendum campaign said Turkish membership was not remotely on the cards and may not happen until the year 3000.

"What did he say? He said 'Turkey cannot join before 3000',What happened now? Look, you could not stand for even three days" he said after the vote, to Cameron's announcement that he would resign by October.