While the Democratic Party's influence in the legislature will be slightly enlarged after a merger with The Frontier, the possibility of a further merger with the Civic Party is slim. There have been previous rumours of a possible merger between the Democratic Party and the Civic Party, which was established in 2006 and has five legislators, but they have always come to nothing. Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said that the party would consider carefully any invitation to enter into the merger, although he said his party had never officially discussed the issue at length. 'At the end of the day, The Frontier is not a political party, it has only one member in the legislature.' Civic Party leader Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said she had not been approached about a merger, but 'this idea has been floating around for a while'. 'We haven't sat down properly to discuss it,' she said. 'We have always communicated and co-operated on ways to improve unity.' Members of the Civic Party dismissed the prospect that an expanded Democratic Party would pose a threat to its position, despite the surfacing of conflicts between the Civic Party and its pan-democrat allies during last month's Legislative Council election. 'We are still a small party and cannot be compared to the Democrats with an established district network. It is nonsense for them to make us an imaginary enemy,' one Civic Party member said. Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy Chi-keung said he did not expect to see further mergers between the Democratic Party and other members of the pan-democrat camp. Noting there were motives for The Frontier to merge with the Democratic Party, Mr Choy saw no pressing reasons pushing the Civic Party towards the Democrats. 'The merger will not push the Civic Party to think of a further merger with the Democrats. As shown in the earlier rumours, it has quite strong opposition towards the plan,' he said.