Italy calls for “hastened Brexit”, shift in ideologies

Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

ROME, June 24 (KUNA) — Italy on Friday called for a “hastened Brexit” and a shift in European Union (EU) ideologies, as the Prime Minister scrambled to hold an urgent meeting with France and Germany in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
In the country’s first official response to Brexit, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni described Britain’s withdrawal from the EU as an “alarming sign”, adding that he would participate in a meeting of diplomatic officials in the Belgian capital Brussels.
Moreover, Gentiloni said that Britons’ decision to leave the EU is respected, calling on Britain to accelerate the departure process and implement, “clause number 50 of the EU agreement”, which deals with the exit of any EU member nation.
Meanwhile, the Italian Foreign Minister noted that Britain remains a trusted NATO ally, however, their decision is irreversible and “an exit is an exit.” He also urged a hastened Brexit in an attempt to avoid a “prolonged period instability.” Speaking on the aftermath of Britain’s monumental decision to leave the EU, Gentiloni said it is a “wake up call that highlights the need to restructure EU ideologies related to the economy, immigration and defense.” In a post on his twitter account, Prime Minster Matteo Renzi said that, “we have to change Europe to make it more humane as it is our house and future.” The Prime Minister earlier on Friday held phone discussions with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss an EU future sans Britain.
Brexit had a ripple effect all across Europe as the Milan Stock Exchange suffered losses amounting to ten percent, as contingents from across the Italian political spectrum have by and large approved of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, foreboding a possible similar move by the country. (end) mn.nam