Two Lithuanian MEPs left free agents after collapse of eurosceptic EP group

Valentinas Mazuronis and Rolandas Paksas
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Paksas and Mazuronis spoke to BNS a few hours after factual collapse of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group headed by Britain’s Nigel Farage following withdrawal of a Latvian politician.

“I am not yet considering the possibility [of going to another group]. The decision, if needed, will be made on Monday. Until then everything is status quo,” Paksas said.

Mazuronis seconded his opinion: “It is still too early to say that the group has collapsed.”

An EP group must have members from at least seven different countries. After Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule left, the Euro-sceptic group no longer meets the requirement. Mazuronis does not rule out that the group will manage to get a member it needs.

Farage’s UK Independence Party wants Great Britain to leave the European Union and impose restrictions of immigration. The party has lately gained more popularity with British voters.

Farage has also repeatedly stated support to Russia’s politics and accused the West for the situation in Ukraine.

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