David Cameron has hit back at one of his own ministers over her claim Britain would have “no say” over whether Turkey joined the EU.
The Prime Minister said such a move would happen “in about the year 3000”, rejecting a new warning from the Vote Leave campaign that “Turkey (population 76 million) is joining the EU”.
And Mr Cameron said Penny Mordaunt, the Armed Forces minister, was “absolutely wrong” to say the UK does not have a veto on whether Turkey is allowed to accede to the bloc.
Ms Mordaunt has been accused of “flat out lying” after she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Turkey is set to join the EU in the next eight years and the UK will be unable to block the move.
Speaking to ITV’s Peston on Sunday a short while later, Mr Cameron said: “Let me be clear, Britain and every other country in the European Union has a veto on another country joining.
“That is a fact, and the fact that the Leave campaign are getting things as straightforward as this wrong should call in to question their whole judgment in making the bigger argument about leaving the EU.”
The post-referendum reshuffle is not going to look too bright for Penny Mordaunt.