Nigel Farage, co-president of the European of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group in the European Parliament, along with David Borrelli, Co President announced that a single new Polish member, Robert Jarosław IWASZKIEWICZ has joined the group. His signature was submitted to the Parliament administration service today at 3pm.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage commented:
"To paraphrase Mark Twain 'Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated.' The Eurosceptics are now back with a bang, indeed we have never been away. Last week we were done over by the Feds, [European Federalists] but today the EFDD Group is alive obviously having friends in the very highest places. In wireless terms.....the radio signal was weak for a few days but normal transmission has now been resumed. European Parliament President Schulz's part in trying to shut us down last week was contemptible. It was manipulative backroom politics of the worst kind. But in his eagerness to silence the Eurosceptic voice he acted prematurely. EU Federalists will be sitting in a corner somewhere slowly rocking muttering the words 'please make the Eurosceptics go away' over & over. We will now make the EU's centralising fanatics regret their short-lived bout of hubris."
Polish MEP, Robert Jarosław IWASZKIEWICZ said:
"As a delegation member of the Congress of New Right I wanted to help the vital and unique Eurosceptic group in the European Parliament. I joined the EFDD Group because of two important values - opposition to EU bureaucracy and support for free markets so firmly supported by the UKIP delegation."
The co-chairman David Borrelli stated that a quorum has never ceased to exist and announces the entrance of the Polish MEP Robert Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, a member of the KNP's party in the ranks of the EFDD group. "The EFDD group continues to exist, says Borrelli, despite clear political will of the establishment to disrupt our Group. The democratically elected Members of our group were denied all the roleswhich according to the d'Hondt method they were entitled to cover. Despite this zealous opposition against us, we will continue to give voice to the citizens we represent, not least because 'we are the only voiceagainst the establishment. On top of that, we were surprised by the commitment with which in the hours following the resignation of Ms. Grigule, the European Parliament has fulfilled all administrative schemes to dismantle our group so quickly."
There was to be a formal announcement of the dissolution of the EFDD Group today at the opening of the European Parliament by President Schulz at 5pm.There will be a lot of happy Eurosceptics instead.
EFD Group has 48 members from 7 different nationalities.