Italy is by far the weakest link in the European Union project with nearly half of Italians prepared to vote for an “Italexit”, a new EU-wide public opinion survey has shown.
Some 44% of Italians say they are prepared to vote to leave the European Union, far higher than any other EU country, the poll by the Bertelsmann Foundation found.
The findings reflect rising dissatisfaction in Italy over both the economic straitjacket of the Euro and the EU’s failure to do more to share the burdens of the migrant crisis. Systemic weakness in Italy’s banking systems is also a continued source of concern in Brussels.
The willingness of the Italian public to vote to leave the EU contrasted sharply with France and Poland where 69% and 79% of citizens say they would vote to ‘remain’, despite their differences with Brussels.