Monday 23 April 2018

How the MEP 'Class of 2014' will shake things up in Europe

UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a meeting of leaders of European Parliament political groups in Brussels yesterday. Reuters
UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a meeting of leaders of European Parliament political groups in Brussels yesterday. Reuters
John Downing

John Downing

LUKE 'Ming' Flanagan will not lack for like-minded company on his trips to Brussels and Strasbourg over the next five years.

It is clear that up to one-third of the European Parliament 'Class of 2014' are keen to at least cut back the EU's powers. Some MEPs among that group would like to see it reduced to a loose confederation of trading nations.

Ireland will not have hard-right or extreme-left representatives among its 11 new MEPs. In fact, by comparison with representatives of the other 27 nations, the Irish 14 from both sides of the Border will seem a pretty orthodox bunch for the most part.

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