Italian Senator Conceives Italexit

Italian Senator Gianluigi Paragone has decided to launch a political movement called Italexit, whose goal will be the country’s exit from the European Union.

“We can no longer succumb to the blackmail of countries that offend the prestige of Italy,” the politician said. He stressed that only a truly sovereign state can cope with the economic crisis that was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Paragone cited the UK, which left the European Union in early 2020, as an example.

It is noted that before announcing the creation of his party, the Italian politician met with Brexit leader Nigel Farage in London. The New York Times believes that Paragone wanted to play on the sentiments of Eurosceptics who blame the alliance for the country’s economic problems: in their opinion, they are caused, for example, by problems with migrants.

At the same time, the publication notes that the timing of Paragone’s announcement of Italexit looks unfortunate: on July 21, the European Union decided to launch an Economic Recovery Fund. It will be allocated €750 billion.

The UK officially left the European Union on February 1, 2020. In 2016, opponents of European integration won a referendum in the United Kingdom with a result of 51.9 percent.

source: nytimes.com

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