Italian senator Gianluigi Paragone will next month launch a Italiexit-style party which will aim “to take Italy out of the EU and the eurozone”. Mr Paragone is a fierce opponent of the European Union and claims that the Bloc is dominated by the “Franco-German axis in which banks and bureaucracy are favoured to the detriment of the people”.
Speaking to Bloomberg, the new leader said: “The EU and the euro were imposed from on high.
“They’ve hurt the real economy, families and workers and small and medium-sized businesses.”
Mr Paragone, as started his career in politics as a member of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement also stressed that the word “Italexit” may figure prominently in the new group’s logo.
He is also well-known as a political talk show host and was first elected to the Senate in 2018.
But he was kicked out of the Five Star Movement in January of this year after opposing the government in a confidence vote on the budget.
He said at the time: “I wasn’t elected to keep Italians caged into a budget imposed by Europe.”
He continued of the EU: “The euro was tailor-made for Germany
“Today we express political choice in elections but governments have to submit to policies ordered by the EU.
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A Demos and Pi survey revealed that the number of Italians with little or no trust in the EU has soared from 43 percent to 70 percent.
The new party will start to put candidates forward in the next general election, which will take place in 2023.
The target is to initially score more votes than ex-premier Matteo Renzi, whose new Italy Alive party polls at around 4 percent.
To help him achieve his goal, he has also requested a meeting with Brexiteer Nigel Farage.