Greek debt crisis: 3 charts that show British opinion is split

44 per cent believe Greece’s repayment should be on the terms initially agreed, compared to 36 per cent who believe a renegotiation should occur

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Britain's opinion is split on the Greek financial crisis, as only 8 per cent more of us feel the initial terms of the bailout should be insisted upon, than those who feel the debt should be reduced.

In a survey conducted by YouGov, 44 per cent believe Greece’s repayment of its debt to European countries should be on the terms initially agreed, compared to 36 per cent who believe a renegotiation should occur.

The majority of Conservative and UKIP supporters thought the terms should be insisted upon, compared to 49 per cent of Labour voters who believed Greece’s debt should be reduced.

At 11pm on Tuesday night Greece failed to make a €1.6bn payment due to the International Monetary Fund, one of the country’s creditors, thus becoming the first developed nation to go into 'arrears' with the fund.

Banks closed on 29 June after Mr Tsipras’ surprise decision to hold a referendum prompted the European Central Bank to limit the emergency lending available.

The IMF has said Greece needs €50 billion (£35 billion) and massive debt relief to keep the country afloat over the next three years.

Greece is still firmly on course to hold a referendum on 5 July that could end the country’s membership of the Eurozone, as Mr Tsipras’ government continues to urge people to vote 'No' to the creditors’ demands.

The country’s opinion nears a majority that Greece should be forced to leave the Eurozone, as 46 per cent believe, compared to only a quarter who think the country should be allowed to remain a member.

Only Conservative supporters hold a majority opinion of who is responsible for the current crisis, as 58 per cent believe that the current and previous governments should take the blame, which is also the most popular opinion the nation takes as a whole.

Recent polls are split on the referendum vote, as Bloomberg places the 'Yes' vote on a Greek European exit at 42.5 per cent, compared to 43 per cent 'No', and an ALCO poll places 'Yes' on 45 per cent compared to 43 per cent 'No'.

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