Hard cheese: Italy vows to scupper EU free trade deal with Canada

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Deputy prime minister fears piracy of protected foods such as Parmigiano-Reggiano

Italy will not ratify the EU’s free trade agreement with Canada, the Italian deputy prime minister has said, potentially scuppering the bloc’s biggest deal in years.

“Soon CETA [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement] will arrive in parliament and this majority will reject it and it will not ratify it,” Luigi Di Maio said at a farmers’ association gathering in Rome on Friday.

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