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    Italian Referendum Shows Nation Against Delegating More Authority to EU Bodies

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    According to Lega Nord Party member, the constitutional referendum in Italy was a de-facto vote on PM Matteo Renzi's proposals of further centralization of power by the EU institutions.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The constitutional referendum in Italy was a de-facto vote on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's proposals favorable of further centralization of power in the hands of the EU institutions, an adviser on international politics of Italian Euroskeptical Lega Nord Party told Sputnik.

    On Sunday, the Italians voted on whether the national constitution should be amended to curtail Senate powers and speed up the lawmaking process. Renzi vowed to resign after the nation voted against his reform plan. Opposition parties have already called for snap elections, seeking to gain power.

    "Renzi wanted to decide it all for us and he lost it all. The Italians have voted not only against the constitutional reforms but also for holding new parliamentary elections as soon as possible. They voted 'No' because proposed constitutional reforms would centralize even more decisive powers in the EU's hands. Fortunately, Italians did not believe lies and Renzi’s propaganda," Gianluca Savoini said.

    Savoini also questioned the leading role of the European Union and European Commission regarding member-states' foreign and migration policies in particular stressing that the Italians are tired of the EU regulations and do not want to carry a burden of the migrant crisis alone.

    According to the country's Interior Ministry, 59.11 percent of voters opposed Renzi's proposals, while 40.89 percent supported the reforms.


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