If the inhabitants of Italy at the upcoming national referendum on constitutional reform scheduled for December 4, will vote against a government bill, it will be a “resounding slap” to the whole of Europe. This was stated by the leader of the political party “Northern League” Matteo Salvini, who had previously announced his intention to run for Prime Minister of the country, reports Reuters.
Reporters noted that Salvini recently was a staunch opponent of the proposed reforms, saying that it has nothing to do with solving the major problems of Italy. According to him, if residents rejected the initiative of the government, Rome should hold elections in 2017, a year ahead of schedule.
Salvini stressed that Europe has failed Italy, by not providing aid mired in debt to local banks. In addition, according to the politician, the EU is extremely limited participated in solving the problems of the mass influx of almost half a million migrants in Italy.
While Salvini said that the focus of the proposed referendum would be a rejection of the Euro as a single currency in the country. “We want a more fair currency, which, perhaps, would be 20 percent lower than the Euro itself. This would allow our companies to significantly cure the export of goods,” he explained.
Reporters noted that, according to the latest opinion polls, 71% of Italians believe that abandoning the Euro will weaken an already “flawed” economic situation in Italy. However, I was skeptical about the results of the study, stating that he is already working with economists plan to abandon the European currency. “I’m not crazy. We have thought of everything. If I become PM, we’ll do it,” he said.
Previously, many European politicians sided with the acting Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who in case of refusal of Italians from the proposed referendum on constitutional reform is likely to retire. The politician had previously stated that regardless of the outcome of the plebiscite, the country will be in a new reality.
“The country will become stronger and more stable, if I win the answer is “Yes”, but this is not an argument for voting. We need to vote to reduce the number of parliamentarians, to put an end to the bicameral system that exists only we have to reduce the salaries of regional advisers”, – he explained.
The Prime Minister stressed that the vote on the referendum is not a vote “for him” and if it is so interpreted, it would be “a terrible mistake”. According to him, many representatives of the opposition parties want to vote for and he doesn’t want to be an obstacle to this.
Constitutional reform involves the transformation of an elective Senate into a body that will be formed from senators, elected members of regional councils. The number will consist of 74 regional adviser and 21 the mayor.
In addition, the President of the Republic, according to the reform, will appoint five more senators for a seven-year period. Thus, the number of members of the Senate will be reduced from 315 to 100 people, and the institution of senators for life was abolished.
In case of approval of the reform of the Senate will have legislative authority only on some issues related to reform and change the Constitution. Thus, his powers will be greatly curtailed, and he will turn from the election to the authority of representation of all regions of Italy.
The reform also provides for a number of other changes in the Constitution related to the redistribution of powers between regional and Central authorities, as well as change the order of the referenda. In particular, the proposed abolition of the national Council for economy and labour, the presence of which is fixed in the main law of the country, reminds RIA “Novosti”.