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10 January, 2017

Italy’s Euroskeptic Five Star Movement says ‘arrivederci UKIP’ to join pro-EU alliance

Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party, has broken its ties with the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in favor of joining a pro-EU free market group in Brussels.

M5S members backed founder Beppe Grillo’s call and voted overwhelming to leave Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD), the anti-EU political group in the European Parliament of which UKIP is a member.

Almost 80 percent of M5S’ 40,000 members voted in favor of severing ties with UKIP and other Euroskeptic parties in a move some believe is motivated more by pragmatism than ideals.

The pro-EU group, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), will vote on Tuesday night whether to welcome the Italian party.

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