Vice-president of the European Parliament Fabio Castaldo (Italy, 5SM) reminded that ‘no-deal‘ Brexit will affect the UK more than the EU, although the bloc is preparing itself for this scenario as well.
Castaldo warned that ‘no-deal’ will lead to uncertainty and even “chaos” for trade and political relationship on both sides of the Channel.
“I still hope that there will be prolongation of the negotiations, which is foreseen in the Article 50, and I hope ‘no’ vote in the UK Parliament will not be used by any member-state to punish the UK” – vice-president continued. “In our interest is to find a deal that would fit both the EU and the UK citizens“.
However Castaldo also pointed at a possibility of a “few month prolongation” of negotiations in case of the governmental crisis in the UK, offering time for a “new” government to approach the issue in a “proper way“.
League leader Matteo Salvini said that Italy will have to have a new general election after premier designate Giuseppe Conte handed back a mandate to form a government. “The Italians come first, their right to work, to security and happiness,” Salvini quoted by ANSA news agency.
“We worked day and night for weeks to form a government that defends the interest of the Italian citizens. But someone (under whose pressure?) said No. Never again slaves, Italy is not a colony. At this point, with the honesty, coherence and the courage of always, the words must go back to you” – Salvini concluded.
After rejection of the candidacy of the economy minister, causing the failure to form a government, Five Star Movement (5SM) considers launching President Sergio Mattarella impeachment procedure.
Italy’s Prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte said he’s given up on attempts to form a government after President Sergio Mattarella rejected his candidacy of an anti-euro economy minister. The country may now face a new election by the end of 2018.
“President has received Prof. Giuseppe Conte …. who returned the mandate given to him on May 23 to form the government. The president has thanked him for his effort in fulfilling this task,” Ugo Zampetti, an official within the presidential administration, told RAI.
After the talk, Mattarella said that he was going to make a decision on the new parliamentary vote in the country in the coming hours.