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EU crisis: 'Get out as fast as you can!' – The member state tipped to leave bloc next


Opposition towards the EU has been growing in Italy, with two eurosceptic politicians suggesting an alliance to take the nation out of the eurozone. Now in the latest Express.co.uk poll, readers are overwhelmingly backing Italy to be the next country to leave the EU. The poll, which ran from 12.30pm until 9.30pm on Wednesday August 5 and saw a total of 3,796 votes, asked: “As anti-Brussels campaigns are launched across Europe, who will leave next?”

A massive two-thirds (67 percent) of those who voted backed Italy to follow the UK out of the EU as the nation’s frustration at Brussels continue to grow.

The Netherlands, who’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte has been openly critical of the EU over recent weeks, was a distant second with 11 percent of the vote.

They were followed by Ireland (seven percent), Poland (five percent), Denmark (three percent), Greece (two percent) and France (one percent).

Spain, Portugal, Austria and Bulgaria all attracted less than one percent of the vote, while the remaining four percent voted “don’t know”.

Express.co.uk readers tipped overwhelmingly backed Italy to be the country to leave the EU, but have told whoever might follow the UK to “get out fast”.

One said: “I just hope that whoever is next learns from the UK mistakes.

“Do not let your Remainers drag it out for over four years. GET OUT FAST.”

A second person wrote: “Let us hope most countries will leave the EU like the UK did, and getting out as fast as they can.”

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In Italy, Senator Gianluigi Paragone has formed the ‘No Europe for Italy” movement and has indicated he may join forces with Matteo Salvini’s Lega party.

If the partnership helps deliver “Italexit”, the pair could present strong opposition to former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi as President of the country.

Senator 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.”

Alongside Italy, the Netherlands has become a staunch critic of the €750billion (£677billion) Coronavirus Recovery Fund.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte £677billion had hit out at the package over the use of more grants than loans.

The Netherlands – a quarter of the Frugal Four alongside Austria, Denmark and Sweden – has also been a critic of the €1.074 trillion (£966billion) seven-year EU budget.


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