Five Star Movement movement… January 9, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…asked members to vote on splitting from a Eurosceptic bloc of MEPs co-chaired by Nigel Farage.
Beppe Grillo, a comedian turned politician, said in a post on his blog that since Farage had led Ukip to Britain voting to leave the EU, the two parties no longer shared common goals and he recommended leaving the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD).
“Recent events in Europe, such as Brexit, have led us to reconsider the nature of the EFDD group,” Grillo wrote. “With the extraordinary success of the leave campaign, Ukip achieved its political objective: to leave the European Union.
A tactical hedge given the volatility in Italy at the moment, politically? A wish to appear a little more ‘mainstream’ (Italian public opinion not exactly rushing to the EU exit?). Or more, or less? And what to make of this?
In a move that would see his party mesh with European liberals, Grillo has called an online referendum, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, on breaking away and instead forming a new group with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), led by the former Belgian prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt, who is also the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.
Farage and UKIP are – entertainingly – oddly exercised over the composition of parliamentary groups in a parliament they’ve spent decades trying to exit.
Farage said in a statement: “In political terms it would be completely illogical for Five Star to join the most Euro fanatic group in the European parliament. The ALDE group doesn’t support referenda or the basic principle of direct democracy. ALDE are also the loudest voice for a EU army. I suspect if Five Star joins ALDE it’s support will not last long.”
A Ukip spokesman said: “Both Ukip and Five Star are free to choose to stay or quit a political relationship. While it’s interesting that some Five Star MEPs adamantly wish to stay in the EFDD group, as adults we wish them all the best whatever they do.”
Perhaps this wasn’t in the script.