PUBLISHED: 11:30, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 11:31, Tue, Jan 5, 2021
At the start of 2020, just 48 hours before the UK officially left the EU, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told the European Parliament that Brexit was a “hammer blow” and that other countries would soon follow suit with exits of their own. In his speech, Mr Farage named Italy and Poland as the member states most likely to follow in Britain’s footsteps. In some respects, he was correct as the current pandemic, lockdown measures and the economic crisis seem to be only exacerbating divisive trends.
Italy has the lowest support for the EU out of Europe’s four biggest economies.
A recent Euronews poll found that 45 percent of respondents were in favour of Italy leaving the EU if Brexit is successful.
France was next at 38 percent, followed by Spain at 37 percent and Germany at 30 percent.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Meanwhile, at the summer launch of the Italexit political party, Gianluigi Paragone promised to free Italy “from the cage of the European Union and the single currency”.
This is not news for European officials, though, who, merely days after Britain voted to leave, had already named the five countries most likely to follow suit.
The warning came in a document obtained by the German media as Foreign Ministers from the six EU founding member states met in Berlin in June 2016 to discuss how to shore up the ailing European project.
EU disaster as German paper listed FIVE countries to follow Britain out of bloc (Image: GETTY)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (Image: GETTY)
Germany was worried that France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Hungary could seek to leave the bloc after Brexit, the German newspaper Die Welt said, citing a finance ministry strategy paper.
The paper recommended that Germany, in coordination with the EU, offered Britain “constructive exit negotiations” aimed at making the UK an “associated partner country".
The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg conceded that they had to “find better ways of dealing with different levels" of commitment to closer European unity.
They said in a statement: "We are aware that discontent