UKIP's group in the European Parliament was dissolved today following the resignation from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group of a Latvian MEP.
Iveta Grigule's departure means there are now only six nationalities represented in the EFDD group - below the seven required. The group now falls apart, with UKIP losing funding, committee places, speaking time and status.
Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's leader in Europe, said:
"While a massive blow to Nigel Farage, this news makes little difference for Britain. UKIP's group may have given Nigel Farage a front seat soapbox from which he could preen for the cameras, but it has never helped advance British interests.
"The EFDD comprised people with extreme views - and to resurrect his group, Mr Farage will probably have to turn to even more racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic allies."