Friday 29 May 2020

Nexit-backing FvD signs up to join European reform group after EU elections

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Forum voor Democratie, the anti-European political party competing in the European elections for the first time in May, will join up with the European Conservatives and Reformists group if it wins seats in the European parliament.

The news emerged at a meeting of ECR member parties in Paris, at which FvD and new French party Debout La France, were also present. Both parties are ‘committed to building a new vision for Europe,’ the ECR said on Twitter.

‘The ECR is the voice of a moderation in the European parliament, a moderate middle-ground between pro-EU fanatics & anti-EU radicals,’ Zahradil Jan, the group’s candidate for president of the European Commission said in a speech at the meeting.

Britain’s Conservative party and Poland’s ruling PiS are currently the biggest groups within the ECR, which is known for its anti-federalist stance. The nationalist Sweden Democrats are also members.

Nexit

Earlier this week, Baudet confirmed his party’s backing for a Nexit. ‘I am ideologically opposed to the EU, the internal market, open borders, the whole thing,’ Baudet was quoted as saying by the Volkskrant. ‘That is in our election manifesto and has been our position for years.’

Two Dutch Protestant parties – the fundamentalist SGP and government party ChristenUnie – are members of the ECR with one MEP each. ChristenUnie immediately issued a statement saying it would campaign against FvD’s admittance, broadcaster NOS reported.

‘ChristenUnie and the ECR grouping take a critical approach to Europe but their main aim is to reform it from within. Forum wants to take the Netherlands out of Europe as soon as possible and does not fit in,’ the party said.

According to the NRC, protests from the Dutch Christian party are unlikely to amount to much given that ‘Baudet had a prominent role in Paris.’

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