(Express) BREXIT proves that countries are better to remain in the European Union rather than taking their own “nationalistic approach”, according to Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.
The Greek leader claimed that Britain with its “very significant power” not being able to find a way out of the Brussels bloc should act as a warning to other would-be leavers. He accused Brexiteers of pushing an exaggerated patriotic agenda in order to win the historic EU referendum in June 2016. In a separate warning, he said that the EU is failing to convince voters of the project’s virtues ahead of May’s European Parliament elections.
This is leading to a surge of anti-EU and populist political movements springing up across Europe, he added.
In a bid to quash nationalist views in Greece, Mr Tsipras said: “Brexit was a very bad development for Europe and very bad for Britain as well.
“Whatever we are watching now is the result of a chauvinist rhetoric that promised a breakthrough with a nationalistic approach, not with finding collective solutions,” he added in an interview with the Financial Times.
“If the UK, which is a very significant power, has so many difficulties in finding a way froward for Brexit, then just imagine, what about Greece?
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras says ‘difficult’ Brexit shows why countries should not leave EU (Image: GETTY)
“The development with Brexit prove that this path, the nationalistic path, is not a path that offers an easy way for a breakthrough in solving problems.”
But despite Britain’s apparent difficulties in leaving the EU, anti-Brussels parties are still springing up across the bloc, according to Mr Tsipras.
“It has to do with the current austerity policies and with the face of Europe, which is not so attractive for European citizens,” he said.
“The EU seems to be not so democratic, not so friendly to people’s needs.”
Mr Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party is losing ground to ring-wing parties ahead of an October election, which is being championed by the Greek prime minister.
But he claims that leftie movements on the Continent should not be written off, especially if Britain takes part in the European elections on May 23.
If British MEPs take their seats, the Labour Party have a good chance of being the UK’s largest party in the EU Parliament, he added.
“I think the game is still open in Europe. Even if currently there is an impression that the conservative right and the extreme rightwing have better results, I think this is something that will not last for ever,” Mr Tsipras said.