Main opposition leader Antonis Samaras said on Monday that the real question of the referendum which will be held in Greece on July 5 will be whether to stay in the euro or not.
Speaking to New Democracy’s (ND) parliamentary group, Samaras said some important things have to be clarified and called on his lawmakers to explain them to the public until Sunday.
“We’re in a crisis for five years but we haven’t lived yet the disaster they are preparing for us,” Samaras said, adding that by calling a referendum, “they bring the country one step before the exit from the euro.”
“The real question is ’Yes’ or ‘No’ to Europe, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the euro and ‘No’ leads to chaos,” Samaras told MPs.
He also clarified that even if Greece exited the euro, its debt wouldn’t be written off, as some people are claiming. Instead, the country will have to repay its debt in drachmas with a depreciated euro, while domestically; salaries will have half their purchasing power.
The leader of ND noted that while everything will be destroyed, the only thing standing will be the large party state, while nobody will want to invest in Greece.
Samaras accused the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the government of lying and deceiving the public. “In five months they brought us closed banks, domestic suspension of payments, one step before default and social unrest and now with the referendum, one step before Greece’s exit from the euro,” he noted.
He then criticized the country’s lenders for “getting to this point” saying that his government also “has experience of trying to add changes and tax cuts in the memorandums which the troika didn’t accept.”