Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage has said he hopes to form an alliance in the European Parliament with Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, led by Beppe Grillo.
“I met Beppe Grillo last week,” said Farage. “I am hoping we can do a deal with him and our group will sit bang in the middle politically of that parliament with a strong eurosceptic agenda.”
Both parties performed strongly in the European elections in May after tapping into voters’ anger over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration.
To form such an alliance, 25 members of parliament from seven states would be required. Following the 2014 European Parliament election, UKIP will have 24 seats and 5-Star 17.