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Greece will soon ditch euro, says Tory Boris Johnson

By Nigel Morris

Boris Johnson became the most senior British political figure to forecast that the eurozone would not survive the economic crisis intact as he predicted yesterday that Greece would soon quit the single currency.

The Tory Mayor of London joked that the Greek drink ouzo would be cheaper within a year as he warned against “hysterical attempts to bubblegum the whole thing together”.

Baroness Neville-Jones, a former Security Minister, said Spain could also crash out of the currency, stranding UK nationals who are living in the country.

The remarks will dismay senior Liberal Democrats, who yesterday stressed the need to rebuild links with the European Union since David Cameron's use of his treaty veto 10 days ago.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, hit out at Eurosceptics who were “breezily predicting” the eurozone's collapse and the risk to millions of British jobs “with a sense of glee”.

Mr Johnson told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 that the departure of some countries from the euro might be the “best way forward” for the EU.

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