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Nigel Farage May Team Up With Italy's Beppe Grillo

•, Tyler Durden

Farage made it clear that UKIP doesn't wish to be associated with European far-right parties, which as a rule have a protectionist and statist outlook.

"The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) said on Sunday he hoped to form an alliance with Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in the European Parliament.

 UKIP's Nigel Farage met with 5-star leader Beppe Grillo earlier this week after both parties performed strongly in European Parliament elections earlier in May.

"I met Beppe Grillo last week … 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 Euro-skeptic agenda," Farage told the BBC in an interview.

 Forming a political group would give its members more power to support or block legislation, greater access to funding and the right to sit on committees. To form such a group in the 751-seat Strasbourg-based parliament, 25 members of parliament from seven states are needed.

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