The Bruges Group spearheads the intellectual battle against the notion of "ever-closer Union" in Europe and, above all, against British involvement in a single European state.


Which Way Out?

How Britain can withdraw from the European Union

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The Norway Option

Re-joining EFTA as an alternative to membership of the European Union

Norway, as a member of the EEA – outside of the EU but with influence over it in exchange for some obligations - is often dismissed as lacking in influence, taking its orders from the EU in what is known as “fax democracy”. As this report demonstrates, though, that is a wanton distortion of the true situation. Norway has far more autonomy and influence, and for a relatively small country, it punches massively above its weight. As an independent country, using the “Norway Option”, the UK could do likewise

Saying 'No' to the Single Market

Rejecting the EU's regulatory instrument

The political establishment now mainly defends our membership of the European Union on the grounds that to leave the Single Market would be a disaster for us economically. EU membership is not a prerequisite for access to the Single Market. Switzerland and Norway which are outside of the EU, export more in relation to their GDPs and per capita than the UK does. Furthermore, both China and the USA each export more to the EU than the UK does and without having their economies burdened by costly EU regulation

Everything you wanted to know about the EU

But were afraid to ask

This book explores the EU including explaining key issues to do with Britain and its European Union membership

EFTA or EU? Qs & As

What is the best option , or best options, for Britain trading with EU countries?

A number of questions have been raised about the EFTA/EEA alternative to EU membership, the so-called 'Norway option'. This paper is in a Qs & As style, and seeks to answer those good questions

MP Watch

Who are the best and worst MPs

The Bruges Group has ranked Members of Parliament according to their voting in the House of Commons. You can check how they voted on the key EU related issues that came before them and see who are the genuine Eurosceptics and who are Europhile. You can also let your Member of Parliament know what you think of their voting record.

Is your MP one of the best or one of the worst MPs?

The Bruges Group is a think-tank which holds meetings, lobbies and produces research on issues relating to Britain’s membership of the European Union. Our Founder President was the Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher

Since our foundation in 1989, following on from the Bruges speech made by the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the Group has produced ground-breaking research on issues relating to; the cost of the EU, payments to the EU, immigration, the euro, the EU and the environment and EU corruption.

The Bruges Group also comments upon the many EU institutions, such as the Brussels bureaucracy which includes; the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. These European institutions, and their bureaucrats, produce directives and regulations which are a burden upon businesses and the economy.

Through its work against the treaties which establish and govern the functioning of the European Union the Bruges Group spearheads the intellectual battle against European integration, EU federalism, centralisation and enlargement. The Bruges Group continues to consider issues relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the need to restore British sovereignty and democracy. As such there should be a referendum on the EU.

The Group often comments on the Conservative Party and Europe; which remains a contentious issue for the government.


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Published Papers

Everything you wanted to know about the EU

The Norway Option

Knife Edge: Montgomery and the Battle of the Bulge

Saying 'No' to the Single Market

Montgomery and the First War on Terror

UK’s risks and exposure to the EU

German Economic Policy and the Euro

A Lesson in Democracy

A Crisis of Trust

The City of London Under Threat

Cool Thinking on Climate Change

Are the British a Servile People?

The Costs of Regulation

The Principles of British Foreign Policy

Lost Illusions: British Foreign Policy

The Case for EFTA

Plan B For Europe

Will the EU's Constitution Rescue its Currency?

Galileo: The Military and Political Dimensions

The Fate of Britain's National Interest

Health and the Nation

Criminal Justice and the draft Constitution

Subsidiarity and the Illusion of Democratic Control

A Constitution to destroy Europe

Giscard d'Estaing's "Constitution": muddle and danger presented in absurd prolixity

Free Speech: The EU Version

Federalist Thought Control

Democracy In Crisis

European Union and the Politics of Culture

Britain and Europe: The Culture of Deceit

The Bank that rules Europe?

Conservative MEPs and the EPP: Time for Divorce

Bruges Revisited

Aiming for the Heart of Europe: A Misguided Venture

Is Europe Ready for EMU?

A Single European Currency: Why the United Kingdom must say 'No'

From Single Market to Single Currency