Nigel Farage launches ITALEXIT to help Italy leave EU

BREXIT’s mastermind, Nigel Farage is making his mark yet again in his battle against the EU after it emerged he has helped inspire the man behind Italy’s Italexit campaign.

Gianluigi Paragone, a former TV journalist, presented his “Italexit” party on Thursday, two days after a London meeting with Brexit Party head Nigel Farage, who was instrumental in the United Kingdom’s decision to quit the EU. The politician has announced the launch of a single-issue party, much like the Brexit Party, to push for Italy to rip itself from the bloc.

Mr Paragone said: “I met Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party in London, who triumphed in the British referendum by bringing the United Kingdom out of the European Union cage.

Paragone pointed to a survey by pollster Piepoli Institute from the end of June, which found that about 7 percent of Italians would likely vote for a party campaigning to leave the EU.

“Consensus will only grow further, in line with the lies Europe tells us,” he said.

Political analyst and poll expert Renato Mannheimer said Italians’ feelings on the EU had “swung widely over the past few months … though we remain the country that trusts Brussels the least”.

A perceived initial failure on the bloc’s part to respond quickly to the coronavirus pandemic in Italy angered and disappointed the population but, since then, support for the EU has risen again, he said.

“I don’t believe Paragone’s party can build a large enough following for Italexit,” he said.

Paragone, who has previous ties to far-right leader Matteo Salvini’s League party, was elected with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, but left soon after it formed a government with the pro-European Democratic Party (PD) last year. Mr Paragone is hoping to capitalize on anti-EU sentiment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen Italy ravaged and the epicenter of the crisis.

Both the Five Star (M5S) and the League have toned down their anti-eurozone stance to appeal to more moderate voters.

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