How Jeremy Corbyn dubbed EU 'brutal' in ferocious jibe

The Labour leader has been a long-time Eurosceptic, a point of contention within his party. He voted to leave the EU’s precursor – the EEC – in 1975 and voted against the Maastricht Treaty which created the EU as we know it. However, Labour supported the Remain campaign in 2016 and, since the Leave vote, has continued to suggest that a second referendum is an option.

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Due to this, Mr Corbyn has been accused of not being clear on his position.

His ‘fudge’ on Europe, along with his apparent failure to tackle anti-Semitism within his party, has led many to question his position as leader.

It was during an LBC interview in 2015 that Mr Corbyn accused the bloc of acting “brutally” during the Greek crisis, accusing EU leaders of allowing financiers to destroy the country's economy.

He said: “If Europe becomes a totally brutal organisation that treats every one of its member states in the way that the people of Greece have been treated at the moment, then I think Europe will lose a lot of support from a lot of people."

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jeremy corbyn jean-claude junckerLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: GETTY)

brexit news greeceAlexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece (Image: GETTY)

In a Huffington Post blog he added: “There is no future of a usurious Europe that turns its smaller nations into colonies of debt patronage.”

The Greek government-debt crisis occurred in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash and resulted in the longest recession of any advanced capitalist economy to date.

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