Breitbart London can exclusively reveal that the EFDD group has signed up a new member which allows them to meet the European Parliament’s minimum requirements.
Robert Iwaszkiewicz has been confirmed by senior UKIP figures as joining the Eurosceptic group.
The group was under threat after Iveta Grigule, a Latvian MEP, resigned under curious circumstances. Sources fro the EFDD group had accused European Parliament president Martin Schulz of ‘blackmailing’ the Latvia deputy over chairmanship of a European Parliament delegation.
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 and over. We will now make the EU’s centralising fanatics regret their short-lived bout of hubris.”
The group’s new MEP, Robert Iwaszkiewicz, added: “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.”