New Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has shut off Italian ports to a migrant ship with more than 600 people on board, as he follows through on his promise to get tough when it comes to illegal immigration.
Salvini set out his position on Facebook, saying: “Malta takes in nobody. France pushes people back at the border, Spain defends its frontier with weapons. From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration.”
He also tweeted: “Everyone in Europe is doing their own business, now Italy is also raising its head. STOP the crappy business of illegal immigration.”
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) June 10, 2018
There has been pushback domestically with the Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, insisting that the ship could dock on his patch.
One thing is for sure, Salvini is already stepping up and delivering a far tougher stance on migration than the EU elites would like to see. Things are changing in Italy, how will the EU react?