Speaking on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Renzi told the Russian news agency, Tass: “Of course it would be a problem, but it would be a small problem for Europe and a much larger one for Britain.”
The premier has also expressed his dismay over the fatal stabbing and shooting of British Labour MP, Jo Cox, on Thursday. The 41-year-old was a prominent campaigner for the UK to stay in the EU.
“It’s a horrible act of hatred that casts a shadow over the hearts of all of us,” Renzi said. “This hatred will never prevail, in Britain or elsewhere.”
Come padre prima che come politico piango sconvolto Jo Cox. Con tutti gli italiani abbraccio la sua famiglia. L'odio non potrà vincere, mai.
— Matteo Renzi (@matteorenzi) June 16, 2016