Italy backs Barnier for Brexit talks

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte on Monday told the European Union's chief negotiator in the Brexit talks, Michel Barnier, that he has Italy's support, ANSA reported.

During a meeting in Rome with Barnier, Conte "reiterated Italy's support for the chief negotiator in view of an agreement that is respectful both of the will of the British people and of the fundamental principles of the EU”, a premier's office statement said. Conte called on the European Commission to ensure that the rights of around 700,000 Italians who live and work in the United Kingdom are respected. He said recognition of quality-standard certified Italian agricultural products should be another priority and stressed the importance of security cooperation.

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