Here is Mike's letter to to UKIP members. It explains in detail the reasons why he left the EFD. Click on the document for a clearer view.
In the letter he states that he no-longer wishes to associate with non-UKIP members of the EFD 'who did not wish to leave the EU and have odd views on many issues which are incompatible with my own'.
He also states that he was concerned about EFD funding being drained away by them for 'their own nefarious purposes'.
Furthermore, Mike wishes to concentrate on serving his constituents in the West Midlands by exposing the corrupt nature of the EU. He feels that membership of the EFD is incompatible with that aim.
It is a damning document. Indeed, it is impossible to disagree with it. How can UKIP's other MEPs possibly justify staying in the EFD after this?
Mike now sits as an non-aligned MEP with Nikki Sinclaire.
Farage has already expressed indifference to Mike's departure. He is not a very good liar! The departure of Nattrass is yet another hammer blow to Farage's ego. Farage has always stressed the importance of UKIP's role in the EFD Group. The departure of yet another UKIP MEP from that group is hardly going to do much for Farage's personal standing in the European Parliament or UKIP.
We can confirm that at least one other UKIP MEP is now thinking of leaving the EFD Group and joining Nattrass and Sinclaire as an non-aligned member.