Italy to QUIT EURO? Matteo Salvini announces PLAN B to get country OUT of single currency

Mr Salvini said: "Our experts, who have also been elected to the Italian Parliament, are working on a 'Plan B' should Brussels say no to our requests.

"We plan to sit down politely and responsibly to a table asking to change some of the rules regulating our membership of the European Union which are heavily damaging the lives of Italians."

Article 75 of the Italian Constitution currently bars Italians from voting on international treaties, including the ones legislating relations between Brussels and Rome.

Speaking to the press in Brussels, Mr Salvini continued: "Unfortunately, contrary to other countries and populations, the Italian Constitution prevents Italian from voting on international treaties.

"Reforming the Constitution is part of the plans for the next five years of government. However it won't be an immediate step as it can't be done."

Our experts are working on a 'Plan B' should Brussels say no to our requests

The success of Lega at the polls – where it won 37 percent of the vote as part of a centre-right coalition – falls in line with surveys showing an increased shift in the views of Italians towards the EU and its institutions.

The Eurobarometer poll conducted by the EU itself at the end of last year highlighted a dramatic shift in the views of Italians.

Under 60 percent supported the retention of the status quo, making Italy one of the most Eurosceptic countries in the trade bloc.

Mr Salvini added: "Over the past few years European policies have stolen the right to a future and to hope.

"We want to negotiate with the European Union about the rights that have been denied to Europeans and to citizens who, with their vote, are now claiming them back."

A recent study revealed 51 percent of Italians would be in favour of leaving the EU – with young citizens holding the worst opinion about the impact of the EU on their country.

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March 13, 2018

Sources: Daily Express

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