Gianluigi Paragone, who has recently formed the “No Europe for Italy” movement, has signalled he could partner with Matteo Salvini’s League if it helps deliver “Italexit”. But he said the alliance would not come at the cost of seeing former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi elected as Italian president. Asked whether he would consider creating a eurosceptic coalition, Mr Paragone said: “It is certain that I will not be allied with those who vote or nominate Mario Draghi as President of the Republic.”
“I have the goal of achieving Italy’s exit from the European Union,” he added.
“If I have to team up with Marilyn Manson to achieve this goal, I will join him.”
The Italian senator, who was kicked out of the ruling Five Star Movement, has taken inspiration from Nigel Farage to help take his country out of the EU and Eurozone.
The Brexit Party leader has openly backed the “No Europe for Italy” campaign on social media.
Initial studies suggested the new movement was still behind the main parties in the polls.
But Mr Paragone believes he has created space for growing anti-Brussels sentiment across Italy, after League and Five Star both dropped their vow to quit the bloc.
He said: “It means that we will let Italians decide.
“I bring a political offer that was not there before and now there is. It is an openly anti-European Union and anti-Brussels party.”
Mr Paragone has hit out at Brussels’ slow response to help Italy as it was hit by the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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He added: “Italy is a great country and has always proved it. Despite being quarrelsome and flawed, it is one of the biggest nations in the world.
“Now I’m not interested in surveys and percentages. We need to wait for the elections. From that moment, Europe will be my greatest ally because it will treat Italian citizens badly.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega