The collapse of the European Parliament grouping that played host to UKIP today has shown that Nigel Farage’s party is incapable of working constructively.
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group collapsed today (Thursday) following the departure of Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule, of the Latvian Farmers' Union. For a Group to be formally recognised in the European Parliament it needs at least 25 members and at least one-quarter of the Member States must be represented within the group.
Nigel Farage’s group, which survived less than a year, no longer has members from at least seven EU states and fails to meet the European Parliament criteria.
The group’s collapse will see UKIP lose out on the budget and staffing support available to European Parliament groupings while also drastically reducing the speaking opportunities available to UKIP MEPs.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith said:
“The collapse of this grouping is a major blow to UKIP and further confirmation that they are simply incapable of working constructively with our European neighbours.
“Now UKIP’s isolation is only set to deepen as they are exiled to the unaligned fringes of the Parliament.
“As well as taking a substantial financial hit with the loss of group support, UKIP will now also be left with drastically reduced speaking opportunities in the European Parliament.
“This confirms what anyone paying attention to EU politics already knows - that UKIP is incapable of working in the interests of the people they are supposed to represent.”