A lot said Poland and other Eastern bloc countries wouldn’t join.
"A lot" being who
? You're employing standard trumpian smoke-blowing here.
But they did.
The UK was actually the main driver for that, always pushing for the shallowest possible EU but expanded to maximum area, and UK politicians were also pushing for Turkey to join.
You didn't know that? Ah.
Without your own government pushing for it, the eastern countries would not have been dragged in as quickly and as superficially as they have been, and the current issues with the rule of law are part of the UK's legacy in that.
It will likely happen, not in the near term. Ukraine will certainly join, and probably Turkey too.
None of your earlier predictions have come true. Your bogeymen are flimsy paper cutouts and nothing more, in part because you have no clue about the actual
EU, how it works and what's going on in it.
I actually see a good case for Ukraine to join, but only after major changes and under much closer scrutiny than the eastern european rush job at the UK's urging back then. Among many other things the border disputes with Russia would need to be resolved, and we're years from that as from meeting most of the other preconditions.
Turkey? As long as they're anywhere close to what they are now (authoritarian-minded and violently oppressing their own regional minorities) there is simply not a chance, despite what many UK politicians had been pushing for (Boris Johnson included, by the way!). And contrary to Ukraine, Turkey simply isn't a european country by its culture and tradition, even though it has a smallish continental european region.
That BoJo had been using the same thing he himself had been pushing for
as a bogeyman to an ignorant or forgetful part UK public to get into power himself should be telling you some things about who you're supporting there, and how much your
interests actually mean to him.
Don't worry about us, we'll continue going forward; Worry more about your own country which you've participated banging into reverse in the middle of the highway. Seeing you drunkenly swerving and bumping into the guard rails in the rear view mirror is not a pretty sight, and you should much rather soberly worry about what you're doing yourselves there instead.