NIGEL FARAGE has said rising euroscepticism in Italy could be the key to the euro crumbling.
The former Ukip leader believes focusing on next year’s elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands has caused Brussels to neglect the situation in Italy.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was forced to resign after losing a referendum on constitutional reform which has been seen as another victory for the global anti-establishment movement.
“Italy is the country that matters,” Mr Farage told the World at One. “That is the genuine swing state.
“I don’t think we are very far away from having an Italian parliament that will have a majority that want to leave the euro.
“That perhaps is where the big change in Europe will come.”
“In every country in the EU opposition is growing,” he added. “We [Britain] have made the right decision.”
Mr Farage also confirmed there are “elements” in the anti-mass migration AfD in Germany, as well as other populist movements across Europe, he was prepared to work with.
The AfD has grown dramatically since German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed nearly one million migrants into the country.
The 52-year-old, now free of the day-to-day obligations of running Ukip, admitted he is likely to spend parts of next year campaigning for anti-establishment movements across Europe.
Mr Farage admitted he had “quite big problems” with Dutch politician Geert Wilders due to his staunchly anti-Islamic views.
“We should be attacking Islamic terrorism, not an entire religion,” he told the BBC.
On Monday the MEP issued a warning to return to British politics if the Tories continued to backslide on Brexit.
Philip Hammond’s admission the UK could seek a transactional deal with the EU over Brexit is evidence of an attempt to delay the divorce with Brussels, Mr Farage believes.
He told LBC: “Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear – more backsliding.
“If he had said, look, we’re absolutely committed to fulfilling the will of the people, we’ll be leaving the Union, leaving the customs union and the single market – however, we may need a short transition before we get there.
“Had I heard that I’d be listening. But what I’m getting from people like him is backsliding.”