Italy Reiterates Support for London’s EU Reform Agenda

© AFP 2023 / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE Italy's Prime minister Matteo Renzi
Italy's Prime minister Matteo Renzi - Sputnik International
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed his support for the EU reforms proposed by London ahead of the so-called Brexit referendum, the Downing Street said in a statement.

LONDON (Sputnik) — According to the statement, Renzi held a phone conversation with his UK counterpart David Cameron on Monday.

"Prime Minister Renzi reiterated his support for the UK’s reform agenda and both leaders looked forward to meeting at next week’s Council," the statement reads.

The leaders agreed that the text put forward by the EU Council President Donald Tusk was a good basis for reaching a deal in all 4 areas at the February meeting of the European Council. Earlier this month, Tusk offered a compromise proposal in areas of economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty, social benefits and free movement.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (not seen) in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The UK leader has outlined four demands to the European Union, including shifting power away from Brussels back to the UK national legislature, exempting Britain from the EU "superstate" principle, denouncing the euro as a single official EU currency, and protecting the UK economy by keeping eurozone members away from the non-eurozone countries’ affairs.

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