Italy news: ‘EU is not my problem’ Italian potential new PM threatens EU over euro exit | World | News
The 31-year-old eurosceptic leader revealed a clause of the new coalition manifesto would allow the next Italian Government to come up with an “opt-out mechanism” to allow member states to regain their monetary sovereignty.
Asked whether he would like to reassure the Brussels bloc worried about future anti-EU rebellions following the hit taken by the UK with the Brexit decision, he argued the EU was not his problem.
Mr Di Maio snapped: “I worry about Italian people.
“If eurocrats worry about our manifesto, it’s their problem, not mine.”
A provisional draft of the eurosceptic future government’s manifesto was released on Tuesday, revealing both parties’ firm intention to reform core European treaties.
The text revealed the parties aimed at a reduced economic contribution to the Brussels bloc as soon as 2020.
Mr Di Maio had already promised Italian citizens he would call for a referendum on the EU shared currency at the beginning of his electoral campaign.
The strong anti-EU sentiment was widely shared by die-hard eurosceptic Lega leader Matteo Salvini, who ran his campaign primarily on an anti-European and anti-immigration ticket.
Lega’s economic chief Claudio Borghi tipped as Italy‘s next Treasury Minister also vowed to put “Italian first” and to fight European austerity.
The Italian economic strategist said: “We need to be able to speak with a single voice, to say to the EU, to which we pay many billions of euros every year, that for us Italians come first.”
Mr Borghi, speaking during a break from negotiations with the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement aimed at stitching together a coalition government, added: “First must come the things that need doing, and only afterwards we need to worry about absurd rules written many years ago when the world was totally different.
“European budget constraints need to be reviewed, together with our partners, but they need to be reviewed.”
Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio are expected to reveal the full coalition manifesto on Wednesday afternoon along with a list of ministerial positions assigned to future frontbenchers of both parties.
Mr Salvini has pledged to put the manifesto before the Italian people in an attempt to give the Italian electorate the last chance to approve the anti-EU coalition.
However, Italian President Sergio Mattarella will have the last word on the newly formed alliance.