Mara Bizzotto hit out at the European Union and Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during a debate on the future of Europe The Italian MEP commended Italy for “upholding sovereignty” and saying no to “the bullies of Brussels”. Ms Bizzotto said: “Welcome Prime Minister, today you are here in the European Parliament sharing with us the experience of the first democratic government in the whole of Europe. A government which with pride upholds the sovereignty of our country. A government which doesn’t simply bow down and has the courage to say no to the bullies from Brussels.
“It says no to the bullies in Berlin and it says no to that little Napoleon Macron. A government which is finally standing up for the interests of the people of Italy.
“In recent months the Liga five star Government has proved with facts that we can do this. Thanks to our leader Matteo Salvini, we have brought an end to uncontrolled immigration.
“The security degree has brought an end to the lucrative business of illegal immigration. With a famous quote, we have started dismantling the Fornaro Law on pension provision.”
The Liga Veneta-Lega Nord member continued: “Prime Minister Conte a great deal of things have been achieved although a great deal of things remain to be done. We have to give greater autonomy to Veneto, Lombardy, Romania.
“We need to roll out a major tax reform, we have to make it clear that Maduro is a Communist dictator who must be booted out of office and that Italy is 100 percent in support of the people of Venezuela who want to take back their freedom.”
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insisted Brexit will plague the EU for “years to come” during a speech at the European Parliament.
Mr Conte urged MEPs in Strasbourg to learn from the lessons of Britain’s EU departure to ensure the Brussels project “can move on”.
Italy’s Prime Minister demonstrated a level of understanding for the historic vote because his own country has proven “that people can fall victim to dissolution”.
However, he praised the work of the EU27 in remaining united through the challenging negotiations.
Mr Conte warned MEPs: “Brexit, an issue that will occupy the European Union for years to come.
“Faced with that challenge, the EU has shown it is able to act on the basis of unity and solidarity to protect the 60 years of European integration without giving into a punitive approach to a member of the European family who no longer intends to be part of that family.
“It is epoch making and unprecedented and first and foremost, the concern has been to protect the rights of citizens and the economic and political fabric against the negative effects of Brexit.
“President, ladies and gentlemen, with courage, we can move on seeing how we’ve acted according to the treaties, resisting the tendency for things to fragment.
“In my country too, we’ve seen that people can fall victim to dissolution. If we want Europe to remain our common future then we must follow words with deeds and set the route for a new Europe with more solidarity, more inclusion, more fairness and ultimately more democracy – the only one citizens of today and in the future deserve to live.”