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Juncker’s EU party facing mass walk out as France rebels against Strasbourg closure

A FRENCH MEP has threatened a mass walk out of the most powerful European political party if the EU closes its white elephant parliament in Strasbourg.

Brussels is under increasing pressure to shut up shop in Strasbourg, which costs the taxpayer £100million a year in travel costs alone.The European Union is ridiculed for being a ‘traveling circus’, as Eurocrats, MEPs and staff are forced to make the journey from Brussels to France once a month to sit in the European Parliament.

In a bid to end the tedious and expensive practice, MEPs have drawn up a plan to close the building, and plan to use Brexit to help secure a deal.

They are planning to snatch the European Medicines Agency headquarters from London and offer it to France to try and sweeten the agreement, despite Milan and Bratislava being frontrunners for the agency.

EU EMA Brussels Strasbourg BrexitGETTY            MEPs have drawn up a plan to close the building


But mutiny is brewing in the European Parliament.French MEP Jerome Lavrilleux has threatened to quit the European People’s Party (EPP) if it backed any move away from Strasbourg.

EU EMA Brussels Strasbourg BrexitGETTY                 The official French position is they want the EMA in Lille


I would immediately quit

Jerome Lavrilleux

“Strasbourg is the result of history.”The EPP, which is lead by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and also includes Brexit negotiators Michel Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt as well as Europhile German Manfred Weber, refused to adopt a formal position.

EU EMA Brussels Strasbourg BrexitGETTY              French MEP Jerome Lavrilleux has threatened to quit


The official French position is they want the EMA in Lille.German MEP Peter Liese told EPP vice-presidents he would support the swap idea.

EU EMA Brussels Strasbourg BrexitGETTY            Milan and Bratislava are frontrunners for the EMA agency


But French MEP Françoise Grossetête said: “It is a subject of concern for our European colleagues, especially the Germans, because they were used to France being a country that was almost non-existent on the EU scene.”EU governments have until July 3 to make a formal candidacy for the EMA.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/822722/EU-rebel-MEP-France-EMA-Strasbourg-mass-walk-out-closure-Juncker-Brussels

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