Brexit: Italy 'will be next to have leave campaign' says Tice
Brexiteers have claimed that a mass movement against Brussels is rapidly growing across Italy. Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice proclaimed that Italy will be “the next big one” to leave the EU. Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Tice warned the EU that it had to change quickly or face a dramatic collapse.
Mr Tice said: “Italy is under serious economic pressure. I think they are next big one to leave.
“They are the next one that is likely to have a growing campaign to leave.
“I don’t know how long it will take but with the pressure they are under economically, more and more people will want to leave.
“If you go to southern Italy, it is more like a second or third world country compared to much of Europe.”
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The Brexiteer added: “The poverty there in southern Italy, most people just wouldn’t believe.
“There will be a growing pressure in Italy. Who knows where they will go from there.
“Maybe the EU will respond to that pressure and say they have to change some things, that they have to listen.”
A recent poll for Euronews showed that among voters in the EU’s Big Four of Italy, Germany, France and Spain, the Italians were the “most in favour of leaving the EU in five years’ time if Brexit is seen to be benefiting the UK”.
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Around 45 percent of Italians surveyed either agreed or strongly agreed with the idea of quitting the bloc by 2025 if Brexit appeared successful.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk this week, the spokesman for the anti-EU Italexit Party Sergio Montanaro revealed that he plans to take Rome out of the bloc in “less than two years”.
He said: “The Italian people, just like the British, want to get out of this cage.”
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This comes as time is running out in London to reach a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and UK.
A senior UK government source said on Thursday evening that the prospects of a breakthrough were “receding”.
The UK has accused Brussels of adding late demands into the talks and toughening their stance under pressure from France.
Both sides have to agree and ratify any deal by 31 December, when the current rules on EU-UK trade end.
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