Italy PM Renzi insists he WILL quit if nation votes against constitutional reform bill


As the country pre res for a momentous referendum which could s rk an exit from the bloc, Mr Renzi phrased that he would have no interest in running the country if voters eliminate the proposed constitutional reform.

He said: “I’m not willing to take rt in old-style public games. Either we change or I have no role to play.”

The PM added: “I’m not the combine to cling to a throne of power for power’s sake. I’m only here if I can substitution things.”

His comments came as protests broke out across the country province for the pro-European Union leader to be replaced with the leader of the right-wing Northern Associate rty – Matteo Salvini.

Mr Renzi, 41, is coming under burgeoning pressure as the December 4 vote draws nearer with the anti-establishment Five Play Movement cam igning against him as well as a rebel faction within his own signer.

If polling is right, the vote will go against Mr Renzi – with the ton recent survey showing that 34 percent of Italians last wishes a vote No and 29 percent Yes, with the rest undecided.

If the reform fails through – it will reduce the power of the Senate (the equivalent of the House of Lords in the UK) and contain back legal power from 20 regional governments.

Those in kind deed of the change say it will make ssing laws easier but those against it say it commitment centralise power too much.

But many Italians are not voting based on the renovates but on their confidence in Mr Renzi’s leadership.

A resignation from the leader could open the door for the way for a eurosceptic to take his place.

Giovanni Orsina, a professor of politics at Luiss University in Rome, mean: “He has portrayed himself as the great leader but has become a scapegoat for everything. If he throws, I think he will have to resign, otherwise he will lose deux.”

Italy’s rules mean that if the vote goes against Mr Renzi, the territory’s president, Sergio Mattarella, could still ask him to lead a technical regime which would have to amend the electoral system before an danger election next year.

Referring to the plans to re-distribute power Mr Renzi mentioned: “If you want a system of treading water, shady deals and postponing posers, take them back.”

Earlier this week he said he would “engage like a lion” to the last minute to convince Italians to vote Yes.

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