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Greek Finance Minister Warns Against Britain Leaving Europe

Greece’s finance minister has warned that it would be a “grave mistake” for Britain to leave the EU and a renegotiation of its membership would “open a Pandora’s Box”.

by Rachel Cooper

Days after David Cameron promised a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, Yannis Stournaras warned a potential departure from the bloc would be an error.

“It would be a grave mistake for Britain to leave the EU”, Greece’s finance minister told the BBC on Tuesday.

“Britain belongs to Europe politically, financially and from a cultural point of view.”

The minister added he would not accept Britain renegotiating the terms of its EU membership.

“No”, he said. “That would open a Pandora’s Box. Everybody would like to do the same. So that would spell the end of the European Union.”

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