The hit or miss Telegraph writer Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is back on track today with his prognosis Italy's radical new leaders denounce EU Brexit strategy as foolish dogma.
Leaders of Italy’s triumphant conservative alliance have called for a radical change in the EU’s negotiating stance over Brexit, describing threats to restrict trade and punish Britain as ideological idiocy
“Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega party and the man poised to become prime minister if the centre-Right coalition forms the next government.
“You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope that it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
No Blind Trust In Germany
The rest of the Telegraph article is paywalled, but the Express offers the pertinent details in Italian election 'winners' DEMAND EU change Brexit negotiation stance.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League and potential next Prime Minister, has vowed to remain close friends with the UK after Brexit. Demanding Brussels does not punish the UK, he said: “Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy. You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope that it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties.”
The party’s economics chief, Claudio Borghi has also used the election result to give a stern warning to Germany not to give the UK a bad deal. Reminding the country of the EU’s reliance of Britain for trade, Mr Borghi said it would be a mistake to risk Theresa may walking away from negotiations.
The Tuscany MP said: “There will be no blind trust in what Germany wants. Punishment or anything of the kind would be sheer stupidity."
“We export more to the UK than we import back and we certainly don’t want to hurt our own client.”
Meanwhile, a senator from the anti-establishment Lega party said: “The EU is becoming more and more of a German empire. We are seeing German bureaucrats taking over the key positions in the EU institutions."
“There will be no blind trust in what Germany wants. The EU is becoming more and more of a German empire."
That says all you need to know. It is also why the Northern League outperformed Silvio Berlusconi's center-right right FI party.
Berlusconi made a huge mistake suddenly becoming pro-Europe.
Few saw this coming, but some of us did. Four days before the election: Consider a Surprise M5S + NL Alliance.
The fun is just now starting.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock