MARINE Le Pen and a host of right-wing politicians have heaped praise upon Italy’s decision to reject Matteo Renzi’s constitutional referendum – and heralded the rejection as the beginning of the end for the struggling EU.
01:48, Mon, Dec 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 02:15, Mon, Dec 5, 2016
Political leaders in Italy & other parts of Europe have congratulated Italy on the referendum result
The country’s future in the crumbling Brussels bloc is in turmoil after the Italians voted against their prime minister and backed the populist Five Star Movement party – the latest in a string of global antiestablishment sentiments in 2016.
Renzi announced his resignation shortly after midnight, claiming it had become “extraordinarily clear” the No campaign had snagged victory in the referendum.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, tweeted her congratulations to Italy after the news of Mr Renzi’s defeat emerged.
She said: “The Italians have disavowed the EU and Renzi. We must listen to this thirst for freedom of nations.”
Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s Lega Nord party, took to social media to celebrate the increasing popularity of antiestablishment movements across the world.
He tweeted: “Long live Trump, long live Putin, long live Le Pen and long live the League!”
Beppe Grillo, leader of the Five Star Movement, posted a celebratory message on his blog immediately after Mr Renzi confirmed he was set to resign in a live speech from Rome’s Palazzo Chigi.
He said: “Hooray! We won democracy.
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