Britain will “work closely” with Italy’s next leader after the dramatic resignation of Matteo Renzi, Downing Street has said.
Renzi stepped down this morning after Italians rejected his plans for constitutional reform in a referendum.
Theresa May’s spokesman said the Prime Minister would seek to speak with Mr Renzi over the coming days.
But she stressed the outcome of the vote was “a decision for the Italian people”.
Mrs May visited Rome just days after entering Downing Street in May.
Her spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has had good relations with Matteo Renzi since she took office.
“She was appreciative of the way she was welcomed in Rome and the work we have done together in previous years on an ambitious programme of reform.
“Now we look to the future and we will want to work closely with the Italian government.”
In an emotional televised address last night, Renzi accepted full responsibility for the “extraordinarily clear” defeat.
The 41-year-old added:
The experience of my government ends here.
It is not yet clear who will replace him, but his departure has plunged the European Union into further turmoil following June’s Brexit vote.