Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has said that the European Union is attempting to "swindle" the United Kingdom in its Brexit negotiations and has called upon Prime Minister Theresa May to take a much tougher line with Brussels and be prepared to walk away from the negotiating table.
Italy Backs Brexit: Salvini Accuses EU Of "Swindling" The UK https://t.co/c90Ldt7BXt— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 30, 2018
«— )))André Levy((((@andre__levy) July 30, 2018
On July 30th, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said that Italy is “UK’s friend” and wishes for it to leave the EU with a good Brexit deal and stand up… https://t.co/HEvegyu5oh
Mr. Salvini, leader of the anti-immigration party "Northern League" in Italy, has become more outspoken and combative in his stance towards the European Union since the country's March elections, in which right-wing parties did particularly well.
Since becoming deputy prime minister, Mr. Salvini and his political colleagues have sought closer ties with London, in the belief that post-Brexit Britain will be an ally in their own struggles against Brussels.
The prospect of a "no deal" scenario occurring between the UK and EU has dramatically increased the internal political stakes in the UK, with Theresa May's leadership coming under increasing pressure from within her own party. Talk has erupted within business and political circles of possible chaos at British ports and potential food shortages in the event that Britain crashes out of the bloc without securing an arrangement with Brussels.
The newly minted Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has fired back at warnings from Brussels with the threat that Britain may refuse to pay the so-called "divorce bill" if the negotiations fail to produce an agreement between the two sides by March 2019.