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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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  • Wednesday, 23 January 2013
    It is disappointing that the Prime Minister will not push for a referendum now, nor will he even begin the process of negotiations in this Parliament. David Cameron’s strategy, seeking to...
  • Monday, 04 October 2010
    Why the election pledges must be honoured
    Roger Helmer MEP Melanie Phillips                   Click here to listen online to Roger Helmer MEP
    Click here to...
  • Tuesday, 09 February 2010
    MEPs should reject Baroness Cathy Ashton
    Gerard Batten MEP On Tuesday, 9th February 2010, MEPs vote on whether to accept the proposed new EU Commissioners. If approved Baroness Cathy Ashton will become the EU’s Foreign Affairs...
  • Sunday, 13 December 2009
    The City of London Under Threat
    Professor Tim Congdon Bruges Group research shows that the EU’s financial regulations are set to destroy thousands of well-paid jobs in the City of London. The EU now threatens the long...
  • Tuesday, 08 December 2009
    Taxpayers to lose £9.7 billion
    British taxpayers will lose at least £9.7 billion due to rulings by the European Court of Justice. Commentators on the HSBC SDRT case have suggested that it will cost up to £5 billion,...
  • Wednesday, 04 November 2009
    Does the EU have anything to fear from Cameron?
    Barry Legg, Co-Chairman of the Bruges Group and former Chief Executive of the Conservative Party, issued the following statement in response to David Cameron’s post-Lisbon press...
  • Tuesday, 03 November 2009
    Cameron is breaking his pledge to hold a Lisbon referendum
    The Bruges Group made the following statement in response to the news that David Cameron intends to renege on his pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty Barry Legg Barry Legg,...
  • Monday, 05 October 2009
    Are the political parties failing the voters of Britain?
    Conservative Party Conference Fringe Meeting Simon Heffer Peter Hitchens Barry Legg Click here to listen to the podcasts Barry Legg
    Simon Heffer
    Peter...
  • Monday, 22 June 2009
    Bruges Group wins battle to divorce Conservatives from the EPP
    Press Release: For Immediate ReleaseADIEU-EPP.com Robert Oulds Dr Lee Rotherham For the past 15 years, Conservative MEPs have been shackled to a political group that does not share their beliefs...
  • Friday, 05 June 2009
    Cameron must fulfil long overdue pledge
    Press Release: For Immediate Release Cameron must act quickly or risk losing credibility Robert Oulds Mr Cameron's pledge was to leave the EPP within a matter of days. Those days became a gap...
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2009
    Immigration: The Impact of the EU
    PRESS RELEASE AND INVITATIONEmbargoed until midnight 19th MayWednesday, 20th May - 6.45pm for 7.00pm Sir Andrew Green KCMG Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch UK, will speak to the...
  • Thursday, 30 April 2009
    The EU and what the Conservatives should be doing about it
    THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND THE EU Fraser Nelson Stuart Wheeler Click here to listen online to Stuart Wheeler and Fraser Nelson
    STUART WHEELER Stuart Wheeler is a retired...
  • Monday, 19 January 2009
    Comment on the return of Ken Clarke
    Press Release: For Immediate Release CAMERON RETREATS ON REFERENDUM Barry Legg The apparent decision by David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, to allow Kenneth Clarke to return to...
  • Tuesday, 16 December 2008
    The EU’s Credibility Crunch: Creator of economic downturn, Impediment to recovery
    Damon Lambert After the EU agreed its 'Economic Recovery Plan' José Manuel Barroso said “Europe has passed its credibility test”. Yet, in the paper The EU’s Credibility...
  • Wednesday, 19 November 2008
    Gerard Batten MEP The price of the combined direct and indirect expenses of EU membership in 2008 costs Britain £55.775 billion. Set out in the latest Bruges Group research by UKIP MEP...
  • Monday, 27 October 2008
    Dinner in the Presence of Baroness Thatcher
    ADDRESS BY NORMAN TEBBIT TO THE BRUGES SPEECH 20th ANNIVERSARY DINNER   Click here to listen online to Lord Tebbit
    On Monday, 27th October 2008 the Bruges Group...
  • Wednesday, 15 October 2008
    Costly, Complex and Counterproductive: The Case Against a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base
    How proposed changes to corporation tax will damage the UK economy by reducing GDP by £73 billion and cutting future investment in Britain by £58.4 billion over 10 years Damon...
  • Thursday, 18 September 2008
    20th Anniversary of the Bruges Speech
    Press Release: For Immediate Release Margaret Thatcher’s speech is as true today as it was twenty years ago Robert Oulds Saturday, 20th September 2008 was the twentieth anniversary of...
  • Monday, 07 July 2008
    Are the British a Servile People? Idealism and the EU
    Press Release: For Immediate Release Professor Ken Minogue   As we look at the way our country is governed now and compare it with the situation around the time of the Second World War, we...
  • Friday, 13 June 2008
    Welcoming the Irish No Vote
    Press Release: For Immediate ReleaseBruges Group calls upon EU to obey its own rules Calls upon the UK Prime Minister to agree to a referendum Robert Oulds The main British eurosceptic...
  • Thursday, 12 June 2008
    The Costs of Regulation and How the EU Makes Them Worse
    Press Release: For Immediate Release Robert Oulds Everyone, including politicians, agrees that red tape stifles the economy. Unnecessary and preventative regulation, based on no data or...
  • Wednesday, 05 March 2008
    Press Release: Politicians are fuelling distrust
    Robert Oulds Bruges Group says MPs must understand their position. There is one way politicians can start the process of regaining public trust, said the eurosceptic think-tank, the Bruges...
  • Saturday, 17 November 2007
    2007 Conference
    Gerard Batten MEP Christopher Booker Bernard Connolly Dr Anthony Coughlan Marc Henri Glendenning Roger Helmer MEP Martin Howe QC Dr Ruth Lea CBE Cllr Steve Radford The Rt Hon. John Redwood...
  • Thursday, 15 November 2007
    Miliband's 'Bruges' Speech: Rebutted
    PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseDavid Miliband fails to set out a realistic vision Robert Oulds On Thursday, 15th November, the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband MP, made a speech on the...
  • Tuesday, 13 November 2007
    Analysis of the European Court of Auditors Report
    PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Release Dr Lee Rotherham The European Union Court of Auditors releases it’s key assessment on how our money is spent by the EU. In a damning indictment of the...
  • Saturday, 20 October 2007
    The EU Constitution: Context and Predictions
    PRESS RELEASE Robert Oulds Dr Lee Rotherham Two years ago the Bruges Group predicted the path of the EU treaty and warned of the consequences of railroading integration on Britain. Now the...
  • Thursday, 18 October 2007
    The Economic Implications of the Revived and Renamed EU Constitution
    PRESS RELEASE Robert Oulds Gordon Brown’s surrender in Portugal will sign Britain up to a Treaty that will allow the European Union to undermine the last vestiges of Britain’s...
  • Saturday, 13 October 2007
    Immigration, Asylum and the Revived EU Constitution
    PRESS RELEASE New EU Constitution Threat to UK Border ControlMore breaches of the Government’s Red Lines Robert Oulds The Bruges Group has uncovered that the revived and renamed EU...
  • Saturday, 06 October 2007
    The Revived EU Constitution Breaches the Justice and Home Affairs Red Line
    THE CONSTITUTION - RETURNS Robert Oulds What a surprise – it is the same as the EU Constitution Bruges Group says “this is the constitutional treaty in all but name” As the...
  • Saturday, 29 September 2007
    The Bruges Group calls on the Conservative Party to stand firm
    PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Release Robert Oulds As the Conservative Party Conference gets underway the Bruges Group calls for the Conservative Party to stand firm on the subject of the...
  • Thursday, 30 August 2007
    How much does the European Union cost Britain? 2007
    Gerard Batten MEP Gordon Brown's Government is handing-over billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to the EU.The combined direct and indirect costs of EU membership costs every man, women and child...
  • Sunday, 24 June 2007
    European Council usurps powers of governments
    PRESS RELEASEfor immediate release Bruges Group says Council has broken EU rules Dr Helen Szamuely No need for Constitution – European Union has this weekend abandoned its...
  • Saturday, 23 June 2007
    Reform Treaty to revive EU Constitution
    Robert Oulds PRESS RELEASEfor immediate release Referring directly to the once thought dead EU Constitution the IGC mandate agreement, under the guise of bringing forth a new treaty to reform the...
  • Monday, 30 April 2007
    In advance of the Scottish Elections Lord Tebbit speaks up for the Union
    Tuesday 1st May 2007, is the Tercentenary of the founding of Great Britain. The Bruges Group will be hosting a gala dinner to mark this auspicious date, and to send a powerful message to those...
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2006
    Bruges Group Conference
    BETTER OFF OUT! OKAY, WHAT NEXT? Developing policies for a post-EU BritainSaturday, 18th November 2006at King’s College London (see map below) On Saturday, the Bruges Group will be holding...
  • Tuesday, 24 October 2006
    EU Unfit for Purpose: So EU Court of Auditors report indicates
    The European Union Court of Auditors key assessment on how our money is spent. In a damning indictment of the Brussels institutions, the clear message of the EU’s very own Court of Auditors...
  • Tuesday, 06 June 2006
    No time to back down over the EPP misalliance
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.com NO TIME TO BACK DOWNThe EPP Misalliance Dr Lee Rotherham "It would burst the Cameron bubble for good" In the face of questions on the future Conservative...
  • Tuesday, 16 May 2006
    The Yvonne Watts Case: EU encroaches on health care
    Press ReleaseFor Immediate Release Robert Oulds The European Court of Juctice ruling delivered on Tuesday, 16th May regarding the case of Yvonne Watts, who because of the long NHS waiting lists...
  • Thursday, 06 April 2006
    Another Hole in British Tax Sovereignty
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comFor Immediate Release On Thursday, 6th April 2006 the Advocate General issued an opinion today, which if followed by the European Court of Justice, will poke...
  • Thursday, 15 December 2005
    The Yvonne Watts Case: The EU and Health Care
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comFor Immediate ReleaseEU encroaches on the NHS THE YVONNE WATTS CASEThe EU and Health Care Robert Oulds The Advocate General on Thursday, 15th December,...
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2005
    The Marks and Spencer Case: EU forces changes to British tax law
    Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseEU forces changes to British tax law THE MARKS & SPENCER CASEThe European Court of Justice and Taxation Robert Oulds  Today the ECJ ruled on British...
  • Sunday, 03 July 2005
    Logo embarrassment for Government
    The Rt Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick Press Release: Embargoed until Midnight, Saturday, 2nd July 2005 Logo embarrassment for Government Lord Lamont demands answers from Jack Straw for possible...
  • Friday, 17 June 2005
    Plan B For Europe: Lost Opportunities in the EU Constitution Debate and the petition to Tony Blair
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.com Bruges Group paper launch andPetition to Tony Blair Conservative MPs and the Bruges Group deliver a petition to No. 10 Downing Street demanding that the PM...
  • Thursday, 16 June 2005
    Photo opportunity: Petition to No. 10 Downing Street
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comPhoto opportunity Petition to No. 10 Downing Street at 11.00am Conservative MPs and the Bruges Group to deliver a petition to No. 10 Downing Street at...
  • Monday, 06 June 2005
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comComment on Jack Straw's Referendum statement A referendum is still urgently neededThe British people still need to be consulted on the EU Constitution At 3.30...
  • Monday, 30 May 2005
    Lord Lamont comments on the French Referendum and the EU Constitution
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comComment on the French Referendumand the EU Constitution The Rt Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick Lord Lamont, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, British...
  • Sunday, 08 May 2005
    Election analysis: The effect of UKIP/Veritas
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comElection analysis The effect of UKIP/Veritas EU issue deprived Conservatives of 27 seats Dr Richard North The incredible, untold story of the general...
  • Friday, 29 April 2005
    The election issue should be Who Governs Britain?
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comThe election issue should be Who Governs Britain? Robert Oulds To highlight the importance of the European question as an election issue a senior member of...
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2005
    The Bottom Line
    Press Release from www.brugesgroup.comEurope's last chance: The Bottom Line Proposals for the Conservative Party The Conservatives’ policy on the EU is to oppose the Constitution, while...
  • Friday, 29 October 2004
    The Bruges Group will fight for a no vote
    Twenty-five heads of state and government gather in Rome today to sign the “second” Treaty of Rome that will, in their estimation, complete the work of the first one. The “ever...
  • Tuesday, 13 July 2004
    Court Decision Reveals EU Power Vacuum to be Filled by the EU Constitution
    PRESS RELEASE:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Today's decision by the European Court of Justice reveals the power vacuum at the heart of the European Union's aspirations", - says Professor Tim Congdon...
  • Wednesday, 07 July 2004
    Galileo: The Military and Political Dimensions
    The Bruges Group's Latest Paper Examining the EU's Militarist Ambitions The EU is not being honest about the role of its proposed Galileo satellite-positioning system.  It consistently...
  • Saturday, 19 June 2004
    The propaganda war over the final text of the EU Constitution has started. Tony Blair in his official statement predictably claimed that the constitution was a "success for Britain and a success for...
  • Thursday, 29 April 2004
    Welcoming the ten accession states
    PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, 29TH APRIL 2004 The Bruges Group welcomed the former Communist states ten years ago, when they re-joined Europe in the way it really mattered: by...
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2004
    Robert Oulds PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, 31st MARCH 2004 Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, threatens the European Court of Justice with the UK's withdrawal from the European...
  • Friday, 26 March 2004
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The UK is increasingly in the position where we cannot take action to improve health care without first tackling the ‘European’ question. The NHS is set to suffer...
  • Wednesday, 10 December 2003
    The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, 9TH DECEMBER 2003 Oliver Letwin, MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer speaking to a Bruges Group seminar on the economic consequences...
  • Wednesday, 10 December 2003
    The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, 9TH DECEMBER 2003 Oliver Letwin, MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer speaking to a Bruges Group seminar on the economic consequences...
  • Monday, 24 November 2003
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The fourth of the Bruges Group’s papers on the draft EU Constitution dissects the threat it poses to Britain’s legal system. Oliver Letwin exposes one of the least...
  • Sunday, 16 November 2003
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2003 The third of the Bruges Group’s papers on the draft EU Constitution studies the cloak of subsidiarity – the Eurospeak term – used...
  • Friday, 17 October 2003
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The second of the Bruges Group's papers on the draft EU Constitution looks at its probable economic consequences. Bill Jamieson, economic journalist, author of numerous books...
  • Thursday, 02 October 2003
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2003 The EU Inter-Governmental Conference will begin in Rome on Saturday, 4th October 2003. Therefore, the Bruges Group has commissioned a leading...
  • Tuesday, 30 September 2003
    The PM stated that he had not given up the option of taking Britain into the euro. And yet Tony Blair, seemingly in the throes of a massive mea culpa, still cannot recognise the basic truth –...
  • Thursday, 17 July 2003
    Dr Lee Rotherham Today, Valery Giscard d'Estaing will present his draft Constitution to Silvio Berlusconi in Rome. This marks the close of the European Convention. However, Bruges Group...
  • Wednesday, 09 July 2003
    Robert Oulds As the Convention on the future of Europe completes the draft EU Constitution it must be considered that there is a positive alternative to EU centralisation. The European Union, as a...
  • Friday, 20 June 2003
    Valéry Giscard d'Estaing has submitted the draft EU Constitution in Thessalonica. There is, however, an alternative. The European Union must adopt root and branch reform as set-out by the...
  • Friday, 13 June 2003
    EMBARGOED UNTIL MIDNIGHT 10th JUNE 2003 Mr Oliver Letwin will discuss the EU Constitution and the threat it poses to Britain’s legal system. Mr Letwin will also increase the pressure on the...
  • Monday, 09 June 2003
    The Rt Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9th JUNE 2003 Statement by Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Co-Chairman of the Bruges Group on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statement on...
  • Sunday, 08 June 2003
    End the uncertainty and rule-out the euro for all-time Embargoed until midnight 8th June 2003 The euro is a political project designed to bind European nations together in a European state. In the...
  • Monday, 26 May 2003
    The latest proposals from Valery Giscard d'Estaing's blueprint for federation by another name has just been published. This Constitution, if adopted, will not only hand more power to remote and...
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003
    The EU Constitution is not just a matter of EU governance and democracy. It will also restrict human rights. Article 54 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 5 in the draft Constitution, can...
  • Thursday, 01 May 2003
    Robert Oulds The Extradition Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords, which encompasses the EU Arrest Warrant is a prime example of this Government’s and the EU’s contempt...
  • Thursday, 02 January 2003
    Robert Oulds Looking back over the 30 years since Britain joined the European Union (the anniversary is 1st January 2003) it is clear that membership has undermined our democracy and resulted in...
  • Thursday, 07 November 2002
    The Bruges Group, wholeheartedly supports the first democratically elected leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith. He gained the overwhelming support of the Party because he, unlike his...
  • Thursday, 19 September 2002
    The Rt Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick Norman Lamont said the Prime Minister seemed determined to ignore the lessons of the past:- “The Prime Minister has said it would be folly to refuse to...
  • Thursday, 20 June 2002
    “Only recently the European Commission has appointed the Czech PR Agency “Via Perfecta ”to be in charge of the EU information and communication strategy in the Czech Republic (and...
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2002
    The Bruges Group's publication, Federalist Thought Control: The Brussels Propaganda Machine, exposes that the European Union is spending at least €250m on subsidising pro-EU groups and...
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2002
    On The Day Parliament Debates Europe… The Bruges Group stages a press conference launching the paper Federalist Thought ControlThe Brussels Propaganda Machine The EU’s funding of...
  • Thursday, 09 May 2002
    EMBARGOED UNTIL: Midnight 8th May 2002 “On 9th May 1950 the first move was made towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union. This day celebrates, in the words of the...
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2002
    Release date: 27th March 2002FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A timely warning is made in this much-needed paper published by the Bruges Group. Disregarding the conventional media obsession with...
  • Tuesday, 01 January 2002
    The Rt Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick EMBARGOED UNTIL: Midnight 31st December 2001 As the citizens of Europe wake up to the reality of what their politicians have committed themselves to, Britain...
  • Wednesday, 19 December 2001
    "European Union and the Politics of Culture"Dr. Cris Shore As the Laeken Summit has made another ill-thought-out move towards the creation of a European state, despite acknowledging that the...
  • Tuesday, 06 November 2001
    “The events of September 11, far from proving that closer EU integration is the way forward for the UK, seem to suggest that the UK follow an entirely different direction. This crisis...
  • Wednesday, 03 October 2001
    The purpose of this paper is to explore the fundamental reason why our involvement with ‘Europe’ has introduced into our politics a culture of deceit which is quite new in our history,...
  • Tuesday, 02 October 2001
    The Bruges Group feel that the PM’s desire to see Britain incorporated into a Federal Europe will most certainly lead him to hold a referendum that he can not win. A two-to-one majority of...
  • Monday, 17 September 2001
    The Bruges Group applauds the election of Iain Duncan Smith as leader of the Conservative Party. The terrible events in America have reminded all of us of our profound ties and friendship with the...
  • Monday, 20 August 2001
    IDS will carry on the great tradition of Margaret Thatcher, who managed to be the most successful and popular peacetime leader in the Party’s history without ever watering down her...
  • Sunday, 17 June 2001
    Clarke is deluding himself that the Conservative Party lost the election because of its Eurosceptic policies. What is more, he is a Europhile extremist. Kenneth Clarke consistently denies that a...
  • Saturday, 09 June 2001
    46.13% Yes - 53.87% No Ahern’s misleading and slanderous attacks fail. Despite dirty tricks from the Britain in Europe lobby, and a rash of slanderous allegations from the Irish Prime...
  • Tuesday, 10 April 2001
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10th April 2001The Metric Martyr Judgement - The Constitutional Implications Lord Lamont Vice-President of the Bruges Group says: "...this case was a tragic, illiberal,...
  • Friday, 20 October 2000
    Tony Blair's assertion that if there was a Referendum on the euro tomorrow then he would vote "No" is incredulous and disingenuous. Such a statement from a man who just last week in Warsaw was...
  • Friday, 29 September 2000
    Last night's stunning Danish No Vote spectacularly vindicates the Bruges Group's approach to the Danish Referendum. This despite a dirty tricks campaign by Britain in Europe which resulted in false...
  • Wednesday, 19 April 2000
    The Rt Hon. John Redwood MP "The proposed Nice Treaty would do what Guy Fawkes failed to do - blow up parliamentary government in Britain. Conservatives must pledge to oppose it lock, stock and...
  • Thursday, 23 March 2000
    The Bruges Group publishes its new Occasional Paper , by Martin Holmes, on 24th March. The paper is a hard-hitting analytical appraisal of William Hague's European policy since he became Leader of...

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