Malta’s Nationalist Party (PN) leader Adrian Delia has declared it will oppose any request for the European Union to trigger Article 7 against Malta.

“I believe this would be the worst thing that could happen to Malta,” Delia told MaltaToday. “We would absolutely be against any such move, wherever it may come from, because this would be extremely devastating.”

Under Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty, a country would lose certain rights secured under EU membership, including its voting rights in the European Council.

Delia’s comments come after Nationalist MEP David Casa denied accusations that he lobbied MEPs to invoke Article 7.

When contacted by Malta Today, Delia insisted his party would fight “lock, stock and barrel” against any attempt to trigger Article 7.

“I am not informed or aware of such a move, but even if I knew this was a mere possibility, I would immediately start a campaign to ensure this does not come about,” the PN leader said. “I cannot make this any clearer: such a move will never have my support, whoever might push for it.”