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.

 

Britain's Global Leadership

The positive future for a UK outside the EU

The Bruges Group firmly believes that we need to reframe the debate to focus on the positives that Britain poses, in particular our excellent global links, higher education, to the City of London and technical brilliance in manufacturing. The UK, when freed from the restraints of the EU, has numerous attributes. Quite simply we do not have to be governed by Brussels to secure our prosperity, in fact far from it. As things stand Britain, being subsumed within the EU, is punching below its weight. We want this countryís potential to be fulfilled. Establishing the confidence that we need will be an important part of this. This booklet makes this positive case. Members of the Bruges Group will receive this research for free

 
The City of London in retreat

The EUís attack on Britainís most successful industry

How is Britain to remain a well-paid, successful and influential nation in the 21st century?

The UKís position as a world leader in the provision of international business services is now under threat. The City of London is now in retreat, with excessive and unfriendly EU regulation being largely to blame

   
The Way Out

A Comparative Analysis of three European Recoveries from the Great Recession

The euro: an impediment to recovery

As recent elections in Greece and the European Parliament, as well as deflationary pressures in the eurozone have shown, political and economic volatility remain very present in the European Union. The rise of Eurosceptic political movements begs fundamental questions about the viability of the economic path imposed by the European Union on its member states. In this study, Josef Filipowicz explores the economic recoveries of three European states from the 2008 financial crisis. Full EU membership is in a large part attributable to the poor response to the economic shocks shown by those countries that have adopted the euro

 
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

   
The Dispossessed, the Never-Possessed and the Bastards

Learning the lessons from rebellion

Should Cameron secure re-election at the head of a minority or slim-majority government, the ensuing Europe debate within the Conservative Party is likely to be even more divisive than Maastricht. Understanding MPsí behaviour on Europe will allow the pro-withdrawal faction to assess the optimum methods of convincing MPs to side with them, as well as how to counter the Europhile factionís attempts to poach their followers. The purpose of this work is therefore to act as a case study for newer Eurosceptic MPs to study

   Events
The future of the euro

With Professor Bernd Lucke MEP

An address and question time with Professor Bernd Lucke MEP, founder and leader of the Alternative for Germany (Alternative fŁr Deutschland) political party which opposes the euro. Recognising that the Single Currency is harming the economy Bernd Lucke MEP gave a very interesting perspective on the crisis in the eurozone. Professor Lucke discussed the future of the euro


The Bruges Group is a think-tank which holds meetings, lobbies and produces research on issues relating to Britainís 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 UKís 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


Britain's Global Leadership


The EUís attack on Britainís most successful industry


The Dispossessed, the Never-Possessed and the Bastards


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


UKís 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