Michael Heaver is reporting that 11 members of the European Conservatives and Reformists, those MEPs of the Polish Law and Justice, are set to leave the ECR and join the Europe of Freedom and Democracy grouping in the Parliament.
This casts the survival of the the grouping into doubt as for a group to exist it must have 25 MEPs from across seven member states to be a grouping. If the Polish MEPs leave that would leave only six member states represented in the Grouping (The UK, Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Hungary). While the group will still have 39 members, they will no longer be considered a group by the Parliament.
This is on top of the turmoil by the ECR leader Kaminski resigning from the Law and Justice Party. He was joined by two other MEPs Marek Migalski MEP and Adam Bielan MEP vice chair of the ECR.
If of course those MEPs stay with the ECR, then it will survive.
Interesting times ahead for the ECR.
- Kaminski’s resignation leaves Cameron’s EU group on verge of collapse (leftfootforward.org)
- David Cameron’s Euro alliance in turmoil (telegraph.co.uk)
- Conservatives’ EU alliance in turmoil after Michał Kamiński leaves ‘far right’ party (guardian.co.uk)