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Departure of Five Star Movement lands major blow to UKIP

Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder comments on the departure of the Italian Five Star Movement from the UKIP group:

"I look forward to working constructively with the Five Star Movement in areas where we share the same values, in particular protecting the environment upon which I have worked closely with some of their leading MEPs on the MEPs For Wildlife group.

"Their relationship with UKIP, who are the largest part of the EFDD has always been difficult and Five Star Movement's leaving is a huge blow to UKIP's politics of fear and division.

"ALDE is a broad church of liberals and we will continue to work together with each other in a cooperative spirit."

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