Tuesday 3 March 2009

BNP flouting MEPs’ independence?

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:

Article 2

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?

Ralf Grahn


  1. Well hopefully the BNP won't get in. I doubt they've really read the rules anyway.

  2. But they might read blogs where they are mentioned :-)


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