Greek debt crisis: Nigel Farage is gutted that Greece isn't leaving the euro

Ukip leader vents frustration as negotiations head towards a breakthrough

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As Greece closes in on agreeing a deal that will keep the debt-ridden country in the eurozone, there is one man in the UK who is gutted: Nigel Farage.

The Ukip leader took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the decision by the ruling Syriza party in Athens to submit a detailed set of proposals for reform in exchange for a third bailout – proposals that appeared strikingly similar to the ones that were rejected by the Greek people in a nationwide referendum last Sunday.

Accusing the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of having “caved in to the EU,” Mr Farage said he would be “very angry” if he had been among the 61 per cent of people who had voted against the reforms less than a week ago.

However there were others in British politics who were able to recognise the difference between a man who held the responsibility of 11 million people on his shoulders and a man who is able to shout from the side-lines in a party of just one MP. Chris Bryant, Labour’s shadow culture secretary, tweeted:

Greece and its international creditors are close to a breakthrough, which would finally grant Greece a vital third bailout after weeks of deadlocked negotiations. The head of the Eurogroup, the Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said the proposed reforms from the Greek government were “thorough,” suggesting agreement is likely.

However there are still significant obstacles ahead, with Mr Tsipras having to win the backing of the Greek parliament and he will also face a backlash from Greek voters, some of whom will share Mr Farage’s anger.