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(ANSA) The Italian government on Friday said Scotland's No to independence from the UK would boost the EU. "The Italian government, also in its capacity as duty president of the EU, hails the result of the vote democratically expressed by the Scottish people," the premier's office said. "The EU will certainly benefit from a renewed commitment of the United Kingdom to strengthening our common action.
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday said that recognizing and appreciating diversity, but not fragmenting, is the message that Scotland sent with its vote of no to independence from the United Kingdom.
In a message to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, Renzi said: "The Italian government renews its strong desire to strengthen and consolidate its relationship with your government on bilateral, European, and international levels".
"I want to congratulate Scottish citizens who yesterday decided unequivocally to remain in the United Kingdom and by extension in the European Union.
Yesterday they chose between integration and segregation, between isolation and openness, between stability and uncertainty, between security and a real risk and they have chosen the most favourable option for everyone, for them, for the rest of the British citizens and for Europe.