Italian govt decree ready for no-deal Brexit

Italian govt decree ready for no-deal Brexit

Italy's populist government has drafted a decree that can be enacted "from one moment to the next" should Britain exit the European Union without an agreement on 29 March, premier Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday.

"This government has prepared a draft decree that can easily be enacted from one moment to the next to safeguard our citizens and companies and react swiftly in the event of a no-deal," Conte told Italian lawmakers.

Conte was briefing the Italian parliament on the summit of European leaders on Thursday, at which Britain's premier Theresa May will ask for a delay to smooth its exit from the bloc after parliament speaker John Bercow ruled she must substantially change her twice-defeated divorce deal to put it to a third vote.