Our sources in Strasbourg confirm that all UKIP MEPs have now signed the European Parliament Declaration calling for an end to the 'travelling circus', after Open Europe applied some pressure yesterday. Bravo.
Will the Conservatives follow suit?
And can Richard Corbett convince his fellow European Socialists to follow him and sign?
At least among the UKIP lot there seems to have been some hesitation as a result of a clause in the Declaration that says Strasbourg would be "compensated" for losing its EP building.
Obviously this is not ideal, but OE's view is that this Declaration is better than nothing in terms of its value as a political lever with which to bash the Council. In any case, we don't see anyone putting forward an alternative statement which doesn't mention compensation.
The ultimate decision of whether or not to scrap the second EP seat lies with the member states. But until those MEPs who are ostensibly against the 'travelling circus' show some will to support what small efforts there are to remove it, then citizens are rightly going to begin wondering what exactly they are there for.
Without 393 signatures, the Declaration lapses tomorrow.