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Five Star Movement alliance with Ukip back on after MEPs block split

Nigel Farage and Beppe Grillo, the bombastic head of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), plan to continue their alliance in the European parliament despite an embarrassing rupture earlier this week, according to a statement by the former Ukip leader.

The move offers Farage a lifeline in Brussels, because the departure of M5S's MEPs could have led to Ukip losing some of its funding in the European parliament.

The two Eurosceptic leaders appeared to have made amends less than 24 hours after liberal members of the European parliament rejected an attempt by Grillo - who had publicly dumped Farage - to join a more powerful grouping, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

by Bernard on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 09:06:58 PM EST
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