Treasury making contingency plans for breakup of euro, says Cable

Thursday, November 10, 2011
By Paul Martin

Cable says government has plan for dealing with ‘Armageddon narrative’ but says ‘I don’t think we should be panicking’

Patrick Wintour
Thursday 10 November 2011

The Treasury is making contingency plans for the breakup of the euro and an “Armageddon” scenario, Vince Cable has said.

But the business secretary argued that Italy was basically solvent and the pessimism and panic gripping the markets was overdone.

He said: “We have a plan … there’s a lot of scenario planning, thinking about all possible outcomes. We have to deal with the world as it is.”

Discussing Italy, he said the country was not in the same league as Greece.

“It’s not actually got a very big deficit on its budget, its economy is basically strong – the north of Italy is very strong, an export-based economy. A few basic things right and this problem should be dealt with.

“I don’t think we should be panicking, and although the situation is very difficult, and we’re inevitable affected by it, I think the extreme pessimism and gloom really isn’t justified in this case.”

He insisted Britain was better placed than the eurozone. “We have political stability, we have financial stability. What we don’t have yet is sustained growth,” he said.

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