Yanis Varoufakis crushed Rejoiners’ demands for EU reentry: ‘Verdict has to be respected!’

Yanis Varoufakis claims European democracy was 'poisoned'

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Mr Varoufakis attempted to nip calls from Rejoiners in the bud after urging them to respect the verdict made in 2016. It comes as reentry to the EU picks up popularity, with policy experts already having drawn up routes and roadmaps for Britain’s return to the bloc. Groups on social media have attracted fair followings with multiple Facebook pages recruiting tens of thousands to the cause.

Desperate Britons determined to undo Brexit have since organised mass protests to take place this summer.

A five-day mega-protest is planned for when restrictions are lifted.

While many have attempted to hammer home the fact that the Brexit ship has sailed, Mr Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister, told a virtual event hosted by the Economic Research Council earlier this year that the “will of the people” must be respected in order for democracy to uphold.

He said: “In 2016 I reluctantly opposed Brexit and supported Remain – my version of Remain.

“But, from the day after, Brexit won, I found myself at loggerheads with Remainers because in my estimation a verdict is a verdict.

“The will of the people has to be respected which is what did not happen in 2015 in our referendum as you scantily put it.

“And it’s what Remainers, or a very large percentage of Remainers, tried to do the people of Britain who voted to leave.”

Mr Varoufakis has been a vocal critic of the EU for years, his opposition growing after his stint as finance minister in 2015.

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The country was seven years into the heavy debt incurred as a result of the 2008 financial crash.

In order to avoid default, Greece was forced to borrow money from the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

This came at the cost of implementing stifling austerity measures, which has since forced millions of Greeks into unemployment, especially the young.

When Mr Varoufakis’ former party, Syriza, came into power in 2015, it attempted to renegotiate the repayment scheme that had crippled the country.


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However, he revealed in a Ted Talk later that year how he was told that Greece’s democratic process could not interfere with the EU’s interests.

He said: “I was told in no uncertain terms that our nation’s democratic process – our elections – could not be allowed to interfere with economic policies that were being implemented in Greece.

“At that moment I felt that there could be no greater vindication of Lee Kuan Yew, or the Chinese Communist Party, indeed of some recalcitrant friends of mine who kept telling me that democracy would be banned if it ever threatened to change anything.”

While tens of thousands of Rejoiners are pushing for Britain to sign back up to the EU, current trends appear to be moving away from such an event.

According to a YouGov poll published this week, those who would vote to take Britain back into the EU dropped from 47 percent to 39 percent while the number of people who wanted to stay out of the bloc rose from 38 percent to 41 percent.

The number who would not vote or didn’t know went up from 13 percent to 18 percent.

Analysts said the drop in support for rejoining was largely down to the EU’s disastrous coronavirus vaccine roll-out when compared with the UK’s success story.

The figures will come as a blow to anti-Brexit activists planning to set up a new political party to take the UK back into the EU by 2026.

Elsewhere, a new row opened between the UK and EU earlier this week after Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, wrongly claimed the UK had put an “outright ban” on vaccines produced within Britain.

According to reports, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has since written to Mr Michel and accused him of publishing false information.

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