2017 Lombard autonomy referendum

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Lombard autonomy referendum, 2017
LocationLombardy, Italy
Date22 October
Voting systemSimple majority
Turnout: 38.3%

The Lombard autonomy referendum of 2017 took place on 22 October in Lombardy, Italy.[1]

The poll was not binding, but it might have consequences in terms of negotiations between the Italian government and Lombardy as the regional government will ask for more devolved powers since the "yes" won.[2] Neighbouring Veneto also held a similar referendum on 22 October.[3][4] Both President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni and President of Veneto Luca Zaia are members of Lega Nord (LN) and more specifically of Lega Lombarda and Liga Veneta, respectively. The LN is a strong proponent of federal reform, but in this case the referendums are also supported by the Five Star Movement.[5]

The Economist newspaper, which bet on the "yes" camp to prevail, also predicts that due to the perceived "anti-southern skew" of the vote the "national ambitions" of Matteo Salvini, LN federal secretary, will be negatively impacted by a resounding "yes" victory while Zaia could become the "future leader of the party".[5]

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  1. ^ "Referendum autonomia, l'annuncio di Maroni: "Il 22 ottobre in Lombardia e Veneto". Sala e Pd: "Spesa inutile"". Milano.republica.it. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Veneto and Lombardia to hold autonomy referendums in October". Neweurope.eu. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Zaia firma, veneti alle urne il 22 ottobre per il referendum sull'autonomia". Corrieredelveneto.corriere.it. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Zaia firma il decreto che indice il referendum per l'autonomia del Veneto - Regione - Il Mattino di Padova". Mattinopadova.gelocal.it. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b A.V. (18 October 2017). "How two local referendums might affect Italy's future". The Economist.