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Small parties fear reduced rights

Leaders of five groups in the European Parliament have said that plans to change procedural rules would limit their capabilities to influence the progress of legislation.

In a letter addressed to the two largest groups in Parliament, the MEPs state that a proposal to change the rules currently on the table would “dramatically reduce the rights of the smaller political groups”.

If the change were enacted, the six Parliamentary groups that have less than 151 members would be unable to request procedural changes for votes be split; meaning specific amendments are subject to a separate vote; to table amendments at later stages of negotiations; or to submit a motion to adjourn a debate. These rights would be limited to the two largest groups in Parliament, the letter states.

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