Who are the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group?

The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group are a Eurosceptic grouping within the European Parliament, led by UK Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Following the 2019 European Parliament elections, the EFDD is one of a number of smaller groupings within the Parliament, with 54 seats (out of 751).

It remains to be seen whether the EFDD will be able to continue as a grouping in the next parliamentary session, as many MEPs have been attracted to Matteo Salvini’s European Alliance for People and Nations (EAPN) grouping. To form a grouping, parliamentary rules state that a group must have at least 25 MEPs from at least seven member states. The Brexit Party currently has more than half of the group’s MEPs, with 29 seats, making it the joint-largest single party in the Parliament.

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