FORMER Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has explained techniques used by the European Union which have been used to try to “diminish” Theresa May’s power in discussions.
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that a key example of the EU trying to damage Theresa May’s power in Brexit negotiations was at the Salzburg summit.
Mr Varoufakis, who has negotiated with the EU during the debt crisis in 2015, also warned his battle was “lost at home” and claimed you cannot prepare for “when your comrades stab you in the back.
Speaking on a Guardian podcast, Mr Varoufakis said the Salzburg summit was a clear example of the European Union trying to “diminish her gradually”.
He said: “She was invited to go in there and to talk to them about Chequers and they would rubbish it.
“They have done it before, remember that famous dinner in 10 Downing Street.
“She was very surprised that tweets came out, leaking, how silly she was or how inexperienced her team was, this is what the EU does.”
He added: “It is an attempt to diminish her gradually in the eyes of her own public, her own party, and her own cabinet.”
Mr Varoufakis also claimed that the “real war” is not happening in Brussels, but instead: “The real battle is always at the home front in your own cabinet in 10 Downing Street and the House of Commons.”
Speaking about his own negotiations with the European Union, Mr Varoufakis claimed the battle was lost when you lose support at home.
He said: “My battle was lost at home, it was not lost in Brussels. In Brussels, I felt completely in control of what I was doing because I knew what they would do and I had a plan.
“But, when your own Government doesn’t have your back, that is the most distressing feeling and there is nothing you can do to prepare for that when your comrades stab you in the back.”