ITALIAN COUP: Rees-Mogg Says Fresh Elections ‘Bigger Challenge Than Brexit’
Jacob Rees-Mogg has said the coup launched against the populist government in Italy could well result in the two leading Eurosceptic parties emerging in a considerably stronger position when a fresh set of elections is held in September. President Sergio Mattarella rejected Lega and Five Star Movement’s coalition’s finance minister candidate, 81-year-old eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona, over his threats to pull Italy out of the eurozone.
Mattarella installed pro-EU puppet Carlo Cottarelli as interim Prime Minister. Speaking on LBC earlier today Mr Rees-Mogg, however, thinks this move could backfire:
“I wouldn’t hold myself up as an expert on Italian politics but if what one reads in the papers is true and there’s a new election in September, and it’s fought on a democracy basis, I would have thought there’s a high chance that the Five Star Movement and Lega do better next time than this time.
“That faces the European Union with a greater challenge than Brexit.”
Matteo Salvini, leader of The League said that the next election would be a referendum on Italy’s membership of the Euro:
“This is not democracy, this is not respect for the popular vote. This is a backlash by the strong powers that want Italy to be a slave, afraid and precarious.”