Number 1: They are not members of the EPP.
Number 2: They are members of the ED – European Democrats, who are seperate to the the EPP.
Number 3: Because of this distinction they do not take the EPP whip.
Number 4: They sit as part of the EPP-ED Group in the Parliament which is completely seperate to the EPP apartus as a political party.
Number 5: They can leave quite easily and the EPP wont miss them that much, I would say.
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