Italy isn’t leaving the EU - the British press must stop saying that it is
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In the aftermath of Sunday’s constitutional referendum, the British press started arguing that Italy is now the next country in line to leave the EU. But this is a lie. The electorate voted ‘no’, but in no way the referendum was meant to regard the relationship between Italy and Brussels. Matteo Renzi officially resigned and now the country is understandably disoriented. The Italians rejected his proposal, having voted on him as a leader rather than on the actual reform. The constitution remains unvaried, but in no way this implies that country will leave the EU when the new government will come to power. First of all, who knows who’ll come to power? At this stage, it is worth clarifying that Renzi won’t leave the office until the 2016 Finance Act will be approved, that is to say the end of the year. After that, Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s President of the Republic, will probably entrust the government to somebody close to Mr. Renzi to lay down a new electoral law – as of now, a mandatory step to then set up a new, effective government. Only at the end of this process – spring 2017? – the Italians will be asked to vote again. Within Italy’s political spectrum, only the Northern League has shown the intention of leaving the EU, sharing the views of euro-sceptic politicians such as Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen. When addressing the issue, however the press seemed to advance the hypothesis of a victory of the Five Stars Movement. What if they win at the next general election? An anti-establishment party comes to power, that’s it, really. For sure, they won’t share Brussels’ same values, as they profoundly disagree on how Renzi tackled some issues on a European side. Nevertheless, in several circumstances they have clearly stated that the won’t ask for an Italexit, as their main goal is to renegotiate – and not delete – the relationship between the the country and the EU.
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