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ITALY: Another EXIT Looming?

Italexit: Campaign to rip Italy from EU kick-started with unexpected petition

ITALIANS living in the northern city of Verona are being urged to sign a petition on exiting the European Union after the city’s mayor put out a “call for a referendum” months after the UK finally left the bloc.

Mayor Federico Sboarina has relaunched Italy’s EU exit campaign, which was originally devised by art critic and lower house deputy Vittorio Sgarbi. Mr Sboarina, who has been mayor of the city since June 2017, was “winking” at Boris Johnson after the successful Brexit campaign, reports La Repubblica, the Italian daily newspaper.

Verona citizens have been urged to read the document “Draft popular initiative law: Call for a referendum on the withdrawal of the state from the European Union”.

They are also invited to support the drive by signing a petition before the December 10 deadline, which demands a referendum on quitting the bloc.

Not all in the city, however, are on board.

A statement posted on the website read: “Other municipalities, from Milan to Bologna to Reggio Emilia, have democratically made available the certification service of the signatures, but nobody did it with adhesion.

“It is therefore a serious mistake.

“Sboarina will have to explain to citizens why he doesn’t want the tens of millions of euros that will come from Europe through the Recovery Fund.”

Opponents say the “ultra-right” are fueling the desire to leave the EU.

— Express