The Brexit Party was not the only Eurosceptic party to enjoy big successes in the European elections, with Italy’s Five Star Movement (MFS), led by Luigi Di Maio, also coming to the fore. There has been uncertainty as to whether the two forces will merge together to join the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), the Eurosceptic political group in the European Parliament. But an agreement between the Brexit Party and the M5S is “very close”, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos.
When questioned by Affaritanliani.it, Mr Farage said “we will see” whether an agreement between the two parties will be reached.
He added: “Negotiations in Brussels are always in a state of fluctuation and uncertainty…”
But joining forces with the Brexit Party comes at a risk for other European parties, as Mr Farage’s MEPs are set to be pulled out of Strasbourg on October 31.
Earlier in the week the Brexit Party leader appeared to distance himself from the Eurosceptic group however, saying “we are more centrists”.
At the end of last month, shortly after the European election results, Mr Farage was involved in discussions to join forces with France’s Marine Le Pen and Italy’s Matteo Salvini – who enjoyed big wins in the EU vote.
But Mr Farage reportedly walked out of talks to join the “Europe of Nations” gang, after insisting he should become leader, among several other demands.
Mr Farage told Mr Salvini and Ms Le Pen their Eurosceptic group would need his “star quality and recognisable face for the group to secure success”, according to The Sun.
But the Italian and French politicians were said to be put off by his demands which included transferring his staff on their current pay.
They are also said to be wary of appointing a leader who may have to leave the Parliament in just a few months time, if Britain leaves the bloc as planned on October 31.
Prior to this, Mr Salvini said he was counting on Mr Farage’s MEP’s to join his Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in order to swell its number up to 150 and rich the European establishment.
He said: “Not only is the League the top party in Italy, Marine Le Pen is the top party in France, Nigel Farage is the top party in the UK.
“So Italy, France, the UK, it’s a sign of a Europe that is changing.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega
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