Liberal MEPs on Monday rebuffed a planned alliance with Italian opposition party, the Five Star Movement.
Members of Five Star, led by Italian comedian Beppe Grillo, voted online to quit the Eurosceptic bloc in the European Parliament led by pro-Brexit party UKIP.
Grillo agreed a deal with UKIP’s then leader Farage after the 2014 elections, but on Sunday he wrote on his blog that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union left that party as a spent force in EU politics.
But members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) were outraged that the group’s leader Guy Verhofstadt had even tried to seal such a pact.
“For me they are not pro-European, they are anti-European, they play with national feelings, they see the idea that we should split Europe between the North an the South. The problem is not Germany if you are in the South, or the South if you are in Germany, the problem is to take into consideration the common interests,” French MEP Slyvie Goulart told euronews in an interview.
“There are not enough guarantees to push forward a common agenda to reform Europe,” said former Belgian premier Verhofstadt.