Conservatives and UUP join new anti-federalist EU group

The UK’s Conservative Party, along with UUP MEP Jim Nicholson, have joined a new grouping in the European Parliament – the “anti-federalist” European Conservatives and Reformists Group, 55 MEPs from 8 member states. Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan thinks critics of the move should apologise. The BBC profiles the various members here.

The Conservatives will be the biggest party in the new group with 26 MEPs, including Northern Ireland’s Jim Nicholson of United Conservatives and Unionists – New Force. Others who have signed up include 15 MEPs from the Poland’s Law and Justice Party (PiS), nine from the Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS), and one each from the Dutch ChristenUnie, Latvian National Independence Movement (TB/LNNK), Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) and Belgian Lijst Dedecker (LDD). One member of Finland’s Centre Party will also join the group, although the remainder of the party’s MEPs will remain in the liberal ALDE bloc.

As Jamie Smyth reports in the Irish Times, with the anticipated demise of Fianna Fáil’s Union for Europe (UEN) group – “Fianna Fáil is expected to join the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) group following Mr Cowen’s decision for Fianna Fáil to join its sister party, the European Liberal Democrats” [added link].

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  • mike

    Disobey or go against the EUSSR, if you dare to deviate from the plan, your painted as “extremists”, when in fact the real extremists are running the show.

  • Mark McGregor

    Guess that ‘quaestor’ thing the UUP used to boast about, but next to nobody had a clue what it was (because it didn’t matter), is gone for Nicholson. Vacate that fonctionnaire’s office Mr …..

  • Eurocrat

    The DUP should be in this group too- they’d be right at home with the likes of Vaclav Klaus and other climate change sceptics.

    Don’t think this group will be long lasting, I’d say if it retains all its current MEPs until the end of the parliamentary term it will be doing well.

  • disinterested observer

    Wakey wakey Pete there is no ‘UUP MEP’ the Conservatives and Unionists MEP Jim Nicholson is a full member of the Conservative grouP and on UK wide manifesto.
    It is possible to be in politics in NI and NOT do everything through the prism of six county politics!

    Being in a Group is essential not than the DUP saw the election as anything other than a sectarian headcount. Post election day all they will do is take the money and do nothing

  • Silverline

    This is a bit of a joke the UUP hardline they are as wet as they come!

  • Mark: I think you’re right unless the ECR group picks up more members, though it would probably take defections from the EPP to shift the balance.

    Oh and the Quaestors’ duties are as follows:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do;jsessionid=2481F115F071EFCF45D01337D3F11F87.node2?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+RULES-EP+20040720+RULE-025+DOC+XML+V0//EN&navigationBar=YES


    Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament

    TITLE I : MEMBERS, PARLIAMENT BODIES AND POLITICAL GROUPS
    CHAPTER 3 : BODIES AND DUTIES

    Rule 25 : Duties of the Quaestors

    The Quaestors shall be responsible for administrative and financial matters directly concerning Members, pursuant to guidelines laid down by the Bureau.

    …whatever all that may mean.

  • Greenflag

    Exactly what is it with the UK and the EU ? They’d save billions in the high street and even more billions if they had the Euro ? The pound sterling is about to become the favourite ‘monopoly ‘ money of first choice for the worlds currency speculators?

    Listen lads the Empire is gone as in gone and not coming back . William the Bastard (Conqueror to some and his Norman French tyrants are not returning any time soon . Fears of another Spanish Armada , or French or German invasion are unfounded – no need to worry – we in Ireland promise to help yiz out next time if there ever is a next time 😉

    The EU is a conglomeration of mostly small european democracies most of them well disposed towards the UK

    So why the hostility ? French and German public services are superior to their UK equivalents.

    Can anybody explain why the UK is or must be seen to be ‘different ‘ ? Is it latent xenophobia against those who fail to appreciate the hypnotic and sleep inducing sport of cricket?, or is it the nightmares conjured up of european jacobins from France to Russia removing aristocratic heads in revolutions ? Is Little England stuck between former imperial glory and the prospect of being just an offshore dowager duchess or even worse a middle sized republic ?

    Honest answers please this is a genuine enquiry despite an element of michael taking and tongue in cheekitis .

    I worry about our neighbouring island’s future prospects in a new ‘reformed ‘ capitalist world!

  • bob wilson

    May be Fiannia Fail will join…..

  • Eurocrat

    Greenflag> I agree. The UK would benefit long-term by adopting the Euro. Eurozone membership can bring both political and economic security (see Denmark & Iceland positions). However, now is now is not the right time to go into the Eurozone because stirling is in such a weak position against the Euro.

    If the Uk switched currency now it would put even more pressure on already highly pressed public finances and could in effect bankrupt the country. The UK needs to wait until stirling recovers sufficiently and then join the Eurozone.

  • Bisto

    “we in Ireland promise to help yiz out next time if there ever is a next time ;)”

    Like in 1939-45?

  • Bisto

    “One member of Finland’s Centre Party will also join the group, although the remainder of the party’s MEPs will remain in the liberal ALDE bloc.”

    So just how much cash did the Tories throw at him to enable them to cross the threshold for the creation of a group?

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Greenflag: ““we in Ireland promise to help yiz out next time if there ever is a next time ;)”

    Biston: “Like in 1939-45? ”

    Despite Ireland’s official neutrality and the antics of the IRA, most of Ireland was quite helpful to their English neighbors, providing man-power and foodstuffs.

  • John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard

    Eurocrat and Greenflag:

    What value will the euro be if the $ was 1.65= £1
    UK in the future. We need the Euro like a hole in the head. You would be hard pressed to proove that more than 30% of our real trade is with the Eurozone.60% of our trade is with the rest of the world.
    The French are too chauvinistic to buy anything but French except in extremis, the Mafia insist on controlling the Italian Market, The Germans had all culture removed in the thirties and thus have no soul and do not appreciate British design,the rest of Europe cannot afford British high added value products. So that is why we deal with the rest of the world which is a free market and not an over protected cartel of economic failing nations. The Conservatives and Unionists are right-Either straighten the job up or we should quit. The EEC is no democracy just a new form of neo post communist bloc.

  • John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard

    Further more is Diane Dodds along with her coalition Sein Fein partner joining the existing grouping of which Baibre De Brun is a member.

  • Greenflag

    eurocrat,

    ‘However, now is now is not the right time to go into the Eurozone because stirling is in such a weak position against the Euro’

    And yet when the pound was strong it was not considered ‘politic’ and the cross party consensus was it did’nt need to ? There is never an ideal time and waiting for the pound to recover may be a long wait indeed.

    Britons are losing out for no good reason imo !

  • Greenflag

    ‘John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard’

    ‘The French are too chauvinistic’

    ‘the Mafia insist on controlling the Italian Market’

    ‘The Germans have no soul and do not appreciate British design’

    ‘the rest of Europe cannot afford British high added value products.’

    ‘The EEC is no democracy just a new form of neo post communist bloc.’

    Keep reading the Daily Mail & Sun . It’ll widen your horizons . You may even discover that the ‘wogs’ begin at Calais 🙁

    You need a more accurate moniker . I suggest replacing your triple troll tag with just the one -i.e gobshite !!