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Brexit blame game as Yanis Varoufakis launches brutal EU attack – ‘Contempt for democracy’

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Mr Varoufakis argued fiercely in favour of Britain remaining in the bloc but is nonetheless regularly critical of the EU’s failings. He has since admitted to having “a little bit of egg of my face” for supporting the Remain campaign due to the EU’s slugging coronavirus vaccine procurement policy.

And in a Tweet today he again hit out at the EU – while also condemning a group of Brexiteers who he said were motivated by unsavoury aims.

He said: “I am glad that I fought (and continue to do so) the jingoistic, xenophobic, Trumpist undercurrent supporting Brexit.”

But he added in a direct message to Brussels: “But, it is a mistake to think that all Leavers were duped by that undercurrent.

“Many had powerful, legitimate criticisms of the EU’s contempt for democracy.”

Mr Varoufakis was responding to another Twitter user who labelled Brexit “a far right project” and argued left-wing supporters of Brexit, or Lexiters, were “duped”.

Earlier the prominent left-winger posted: “Yes, I campaigned vigorously against Leave in 2016.

“BUT, even then, I admonished Remainers who (as they most did) treated Leavers with contempt.

“In fact, I was probably the only Remain supporter who acknowledged that there were strong arguments for Leave.”

Mr Varoufakis was Greek finance minister from January to July 2015.

He imposed stringent austerity conditions on Greece demanded by the EU and was consequently replaced by prime minister Alexis Tsipras after he cut a deal with Brussels.

Mr Varoufakis recently admitted Britain would likely have been caught up in the EU’s vaccine fiasco if it wasn’t for Brexit.

The EU is suffering from a severe shortage of coronavirus vaccines, which were purchased centrally by the European Commission, and has administered far fewer doses than the UK.

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He told Newsweek: “The EU commission has been behaving as if they were on the payroll of Brexiteers with a remit to justify Brexit, it is astonishing, it’s a comedy of errors in Brussels.

“It’s as if it was designed by Eurosceptics in order to sanctify Brexit, it’s very difficult to argue against Brexit now if you look at the vaccination fiasco.

“You have eight times more people vaccinated in Britain as we speak than in Germany, don’t talk about Greece.

“It’s clear that Britain would have been hamstrung in that department had it not left the EU.

“Had it stayed in the EU you would have had to abide by the rules we Greeks have to abide by, the approval of the vaccines would have taken months longer than it did in the UK, you would have one-tenth of the vaccinations that you have so it is to Brexiteers delight what has been happening in the EU.”

Last month the EU threatened to introduce a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in a bid to control the flow of vaccines.

It only ordered the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which Britain is using heavily, three months after the UK.

Mr Varoufakis accused Brussels of covering up its COVID-19 vaccine failures using similar tactics to those adopted during the Euro crisis.

Mr Varoufakis accused Brussels of covering up its COVID-19 vaccine failures using similar tactics to those adopted during the Euro crisis.

He commented: “Everything I now hear from Brussels is now so reminiscent of what was going on during the Euro crisis, the blame game, the Commission trying to cover bad decisions by making worse decisions, disarray, nationalism, fragmentation.

“I fought against Brexit, but I have to say there is a little bit of egg on my face as we speak because I can’t, in all honesty, say to you that I don’t regret supporting Remain five years ago, it would be dishonest of me to say that.”

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