Turkey's chief negotiator for accession talks with the EU, State Minister Egemen Bagis said the results of the referendum on September 12 contributed to Turkey's image in the EU.
Bagis told AA during a reception hosted by diplomatic missions' of Czech Republic and Slovakia in Ankara on Thursday that after the results that emerged from the ballot box, the Turkish government would now go to Brussels with the support of the majority of Turkish people behind its back.
"Never before has Turkey been so strong in the negotiation table in its 51 year of history of relations with the EU," said Bagis.
"Now, we will go to Brussels with the people's will for democratization and a new constitution at EU standards. We have seized a good opportunity to tell our counterparts in Brussels, representatives of the political parties, commissioners and representatives of the member countries how realistic Turkey's EU membership bid is" said Bagis.
Bagis said the government hoped to take the necessary steps and pass the required legislations hand in hand with the opposition.
"I hope from now on Turkey will make greater progress in the way to the EU," said Bagis.
Bagis said he would go on a two-day trip to Brussels in September.
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