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Renzi calls urgent meeting as Italy's far-right rejoice Brexit

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Renzi calls urgent meeting as Italy's far-right rejoice Brexit
Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, summoned the country's top economic minds to his home on Friday morning. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, called an extraordinary meeting on Friday morning as global markets were plunged into turmoil by the UK's shock decision to leave the EU.

In the wake of the referendum result, which saw 52 percent of UK voters choose to leave the EU, Renzi summoned the country's top financial and business minds to his home at Palazzo Chigi in order to discuss where a Brexit leaves Italy.

Present at the meeting were Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda and the Governor of the Bank of Italy, Ignazio Visco, Rai News reported.

"We need to change the EU, making it fairer and more human," Renzi tweeted after the meeting. "But Europe is our home and it's our future."

Just two days ago, Renzi made an emotional plea to Britons, urging them to vote to remain during the referendum on European Union membership.

“It would be a mistake for which you the voters primarily would pay the price," he wrote in an open letter to the British public. “Who really wants Britain to be small and isolated?”

Renzi has also cancelled a Friday afternoon meeting of his Democratic Party (PD), moving it to next week so he could deal with the fallout from the referendum.

While Renzi was left wondering where Brexit left Italy, eurosceptics on the far-right were rejoicing, claiming they too would be pushing for a referendum on Italy's EU membership in the near future.

“Hooray for the courage of free citizens,” tweeted the leader of Italy's far right Northern League (NL) party, Matteo Salvini. 

“Hearts, brains and pride beat lies and threats. Thanks UK, now it's our turn.”

Georgia Meloni, leader of nationalist conservative party Brothers of Italy (FdI) said that a Brexit represented “the spark needed to reform this useless institution [the EU] which only represents the ideas of business committees.” 

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