In a shock election result last Sunday, Italy’s anti-establishment parties better than expected with the anti-EU 5-Star Movement gaining the greatest share of votes.
Europhiles are concerned that the party could now team up with other anti-EU groups such as the Northern League and demand changes to the trade bloc.
Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League and potential next Prime Minister, has vowed to remain close friends with the UK after Brexit.
Demanding Brussels does not punish the UK, he said: “Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy.
“You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope that it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties.”
The party’s economics chief, Claudio Borghi has also used the election result to give a stern warning to Germany not to give the UK a bad deal.
Reminding the country of the EU’s reliance of Britain for trade, Mr Borghi said it would be a mistake to risk Theresa may walking away from negotiations.
The Tuscany MP said: “There will be no blind trust in what Germany wants.