UKIP group's demise a blow for Farage but makes little difference to Britain


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."

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