The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Bruges Group Blog

Spearheading the intellectual battle against the EU. And for new thinking in international affairs.

The Challenge to George Osborne and £350 million to the EU each week?

EU membership is the biggest risk to the public finances. In these two films young people explain what our politicians have failed to grasp.

Paulina and Ben plus Emma and Jo
18th June 2016
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Paulina and Ben (15) challenge George Osborne on EU sovereign debt and how a Remain vote will leave them liable for massive payments.

Mr Osborne - if you think we are wrong come and explain how we are safe. That is our challenge.

Vote Leave claim we send £350 million to the EU every week - but do we? The Bruges Group's young expert, Joe, and Emma give you the full SP.

With all the financial risks associated with the EU, £350 million per week looks like a gross underestimation!

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The Business of Hope

We are better off out!

Emma Jane
11th June 2016
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Does Britain face dire consequences if we leave the EU? What is the effect of the EU on business?

This film talks to two businessmen about Brexit and explores the economic issues surrounding the UK's EU membership.

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Response to Justin Welby the Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury

Let us look at this prayer line by line

David Wilkinson
26th April 2016

The Church of England has released a prayer for the EU referendum campaign. The prayer is for use by churches and individuals ahead of the vote on 23rd June.

We feel this is a good prayer. It is regrettable that there have been comments critical of our Archbishop. Lord Tebbit is right in saying that there is ambiguity  - in some people's minds, about this prayer and confusion in their statements. The EU effects all of the world and we might pray for all of the world when considering our referendum decision.

Let us look at this prayer line by line.

God of truth,

give us grace to debate the issues in this referendum

with honesty and openness.

Not only must it be a Eurosceptic's plea that honesty and openness should prevail but what worth has a referendum decision, even for us, if it is gained by deceit?

Give generosity to those who seek to form opinion

and discernment to those who vote,

We might go futher and pray that we ourselves might engage in deep reflection and attempt to discern and abide by God's will before we seek to form opinion. And who could disagree that our intention when we speak should be generous? The manner in which we all conduct ourselves in this referendum should be as Jesus taught us.

that our nation may prosper

of course - and not even primarily in monetary terms.

and that with all the peoples of Europe

This is where my enthusiasm for the Arch-Bishop's prayer really builds because it as a blow against the harm the EU is causing to my neighbour that a vote for Brexit really matters. The prayer says peoples, plural, of Europe. This is the eurosceptic view. And the error of confusing the EU with Europe is avoided. And with the peoples of Europe, of course: it is for a better kind of "with" than the regime of the EU that our cause is all about.

we may work for peace and the common good;

With all my heart, yes!  There is more to peace than just not being in a shooting war.  If we sincerely believe that the EU has put its ideology, its idolatry, of the Euro before a care for the misery of the people from Ireland to Greece, then surely our first hope must be for real peace.  We see tensions and hatred building up in Europe today because of the injustice of the Euro and the babylonian shifting of people called free movement of labour. Let us pray for all who are shifted from their homes.

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because we should not, in our arrogance, forget that all that we think is right or wrong in the affairs of men is subject to a higher purpose.

Amen.

Amen

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David Nuttall MP speaks to the Bruges Group

Britain is Better Off Out

Glenn Bullivant
4th January 2016
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Glenn Bullivant speaks to David Nuttall MP, the Chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Better Off Out Group. David Nuttall is the Memmber of Parliament for Bury North. David’s motion in the House of Commons of 24th October 2011 called for a referendum on EU membership and defeated the government which at the time opposed such a vote. As such it was instrumental in forcing the referendum firmly onto the political agenda.

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The EU Threat to Democracy and Liberty

Defending Europe's pluralism and diversity

Philip Vander Elst
17th November 2015
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We must not only be unafraid of a future outside the European Union. We should positively embrace it, because in rejecting the supranationalist goal of a European State, we would be defending the pluralism and diversity which has been the true glory of European civilization. As Wilhelm Wilhelm Röpke, one of Germany’s greatest liberal economists put it in the 1950s:

“In antiquity Strabo spoke of the ‘many shapes’ of Europe; Montesquieu would speak of Europe as a ‘nation des nations’; Decentrism is of the essence of the spirit of Europe. To try to organise Europe centrally…and to weld it into a bloc, would be nothing less than a betrayal of Europe and the European patrimony.” (A Humane Economy)

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