I just came across an interesting blog entry on Kirklees Unity ‘BNP MEPs would not serve full term’ (3 March 2009):
If the allegation is true that British National Party members of the European Parliament would have to step down after four years, it is not only a question of political morals.
The so called MEPs’ Statute, officially the Decision 2005/684/EC, Euratom of the European Parliament of 28 September 2005 adopting the Statute for Members of the European Parliament, declares such agreements null and void.
Article 2 of the MEPs’ Statute (published in the Official Journal of the European Union 7.10.2005 L 262/1) reads like this:
1. Members shall be free and independent.
2. Agreements concerning the resignation from office of a Member before or at the end of a parliamentary term shall be null and void.
Is it clear enough for everybody? Even for the BNP?