The eurozone will not survive another year, warns Boris

Comments on Greece and Spain by leading Conservatives further enrage the Lib Dems

Boris Johnson, alcalde de LondresMr 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. He added: "I’d be amazed if we were all sitting here next year and the euro had not undergone some sort of change. I think it highly likely that there will be a realignment… We all know who the likely candidates are." Lady Neville-Jones was asked about a report that the Foreign Office was drawing up plans to evacuate thousands of expatriates, many retired, from Spain in the event of economic meltdown.

"It is very hard to see at the moment how the eurozone in its present form is going to survive. Spain is clearly a vulnerable area," she told Sky News.

"Now if that happens, one of the things that will happen in a crash of that kind is that the banks would close their doors. You would find that there are people there, including our own citizens… who couldn’t get money out to live on. I think this is a real contingency that they need to plan against." The Foreign Office was reported to be examining plans to send planes, coaches and ships to Spain and Portugal if people cannot withdraw money, as well as ways of offering loans to stranded Britons.

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