July 2, AtoZForex .com Lagos – Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe opines about the Greek situation that, thus far, the condition has shown no signs of spreading to other countries on the periphery of the euro zone, stating that Athen’s situation is has become “very dangerous”.
Prime minister Alexis Tsipras has out rightly called out to voters to support a “no” vote, rejecting proposed austerity measures in the upcoming referendum scheduled to hold on Sunday, July 5. “Come Monday, the Greek government will be at the negotiating table after the referendum, with better terms for the Greek people. “A popular verdict is much stronger than the will of a government.” he said. Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis has also declared that he will resign if the “yes” voters win the referendum
Jon Cunliffe said in a BBC radio interview.
“We’re not seeing signs of that at the moment. Financial markets are not showing there is contagion or spreading of those risks to the periphery,”
“It’s a very volatile situation. It’s a very fluid situation. It is a very dangerous situation,” Cunliffe said.
He also expressed hopes that Greece would be able to reach a viable compromise and resume talks with its creditors after the referendum to avert the possibility of an exit from the Eurozone.
“I very much hope that doesn’t happen. I think the Greek government, the Greek people have made clear that they want to stay in the euro, and Greece’s partners have made it clear that they want it to stay in the euro,” he said.
BoE Governor Mark Carney also said that the BoE is standing on alert to take every necessary action to avert the possibility of a ripple effect if Greece were to leave the euro zone.
The long stalemate in negotiations had led to a fallout between Tsipras and Merkel. Merkel has insisted that there will be no further debt negotiations with Greece until the outcome of the referendum is known. Euro-area finance ministers echoed that line following a conference call late on Wednesday.
“It’s the legitimate right of the Greeks to do that whenever they want, on whatever question and with whatever recommendation the government wants to give,” Merkel said in a speech to parliament. “But, to be clear, the other 18 euro member states have the same democratic legitimacy to duly take their position in response to the Greek decision.”