Theresa May could face stumbling blocks from angry nations over Brexit says Italian minister
Hardliners in the EU, who are angry at the referendum result, are more widespread than many believe, according to Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro.
And the minister has suggested they will be unforgiving.
He said: “We are hearing more and more that there are people – economic interests – who are thinking they can inherit some economic position, thinking that they can take away from the UK some of the position of the City of London.
“Not Italy, of course, because we are not in that position. And this will be an economic war. Let’s say an economic cold war, and we are not in favour of it.”
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Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro insisted Italy wants a 'calm' Brexit
However, Brexit negotiations should take place in a calm manner, he advised.
“Because if we don’t do it like this, if we act from the belly, with revenge, with sentiments, we will all be in trouble,” Mr Giro said.
Mr Giro, although not naming a particular nation, said there are rumblings some will be out for themselves.
He said: “This will be a disgrace. To enter into a new era of hard competition on big money questions involving companies, this is very bad for the Western world. We don’t need these kinds of tensions at this time of a geopolitical Jurassic Park
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The Italian revealed he was not overly impressed with Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech signalling a hard Brexit.
Mr Giro said he hoped it was “just one speech” and not her actual position.