Nigel Farage's EU Parliament Group DissolvedEU | October 16, 2014, Thursday // 15:05| views
Nigel Farage recently scored his first national success in Britain, with his party winning its first seat in the UK's House of Commons. Photo by EPA/BGNES
The group of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) within the European Parliament collapsed after losing a Latvian MEP who withdrew on Thursday.
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) was the brainchild of UKIP, the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party co-founded and currently led by the controversial Nigel Farage, and Italian comedian Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement.
But Iveta Grigule quit the group on Thursday, leaving EFDD with members of just six countries and causing its dissolution, EU Parliament spokesperson Jaume Duch reported on Twitter.
A EU Parliament group needs MEPs from at least seven states.
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