The former Greek Finance Minister warned the European Union is to embark on a path of “great decline” after Britain officially leaves the bloc on March 29. Yanis Varioufakis insisted Brexit is “one of the symptoms” signalling the union will slowly disintegrate as top Eurocrats fail to put the interests of European citizens at the “top of their list of priorities.” Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Varoufakis said: “Brexit is a symptom of the disintegration of the European Union.
“It’s one of the many symptoms – it may be particularly impressive as an event and catastrophic, which it is, but it is only part of this dynamic of deconstruction of the European Union.
“The tragedy we have now is that you have a negotiation, or so-called negotiation, between Brussels and London, and neither Brussels nor London have the European people’s interests at the top of their lists of priorities.”
The former financial repeatedly spoke out against the European Commission and their conduct in the Brexit negotiations, suggesting in January the bloc would employ crafty measures to extend the talks with Britain past the “fake” March deadline.
Mr Varoufakis insisted Brexit will be “detrimental” for Europe because of the close economic ties member states share with the United Kingdom and urged the negotiators to stop “playing chicken” with Theresa May.