UK Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that it would be “very bad” for the UK if the eurozone was to break up.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said the debt crisis in the eurozone was “a threat not just to itself, but also a threat to the UK economy, and a threat to the world economy”.
He reiterated that eurozone leaders had to take quick and decisive action.
Mr Cameron said that, as 40% of UK exports went to the eurozone, it could not shield itself from the problem.
The prime minister said the UK government had “a very clear view” of what needed to be done, and that it was pushing this with its partners in Europe and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He said eurozone leaders had to strengthen the region’s financial mechanisms, ensure the greater involvement of the IMF, and deal decisively with the high levels of sovereign debt.
Mr Cameron added: “Action needs to be taken in the next coming weeks to strengthen Europe’s banks, to build the defenses that the eurozone has, to deal with the problems of debts decisively.”
He said these emergency measures were needed before any long-term plans of more economic coordination across the eurozone were introduced, such as a single tax system, BBC News reported.