Hague revealed on The Andrew Marr Show that Britons living in Greece were being urged to register themselves with the British consulate, as staff there prepare plans for an evacuation should the country succumb to civil unrest.

Eurozone minister have been preparing to sign off on £108 billion more rescue funds for the beleaguered country, after Greece produced further evidence to show that it was enforcing the draconian measures required by the Eurozone.

He added: “We have prepared contingency plans if we need to help British nationals who are there in any way. We keep those up to date on a daily basis.”

There had been mutterings that some in Europe thought now was as good a time as any for a Greek default, but Greece’s technocrat government have declared themselves committed to the Euro, despite plans that will see them cutting their spending from 160% of GDP to 120% by 2020.

Constantine Papadopoulos, Greece’s economic affairs minister, denied that there were any plans for a default: “No, because that would destroy the economy. You don’t factor in options that will kill off any hope for redemption.

“Now we have to work within a very strict plan in the hope of returning back to growth and becoming a full-fledged member of the eurozone again. Not exit the eurozone.”

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