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.

 

The City of London in retreat

The EU’s attack on Britain’s most successful industry


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

The UK’s 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.

EU regulators, the European Banking Authority, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Securities Authority have already interfered extensively, and on numerous occasions, in the management of UK financial institutions. The European Systemic Risk Council and the European System of Financial Supervisors have the power to close down a British financial institution.

   Papers
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 MPs’ 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 faction’s attempts to poach their followers. The purpose of this work is therefore to act as a case study for newer Eurosceptic MPs to study

   Comment and Analysis
Climate: What we know and What we do not

The false reasoning behind the EU's climate policies

Aside from those within its power such as the UK, no country outside the EU has taken CACC very seriously, least of all the BRICS. Indeed they have benefitted and profiteered from the EU’s apparent gullibility and desire to commit economic suicide. The result has been escalating energy prices for the EU and its industry migrating to countries outside the EU where energy is cheaper: the very opposite of what it had hoped to achieve. Germany, for example, is now facing an industrial energy crisis of staggering proportions. The EU is committed to spending £200 billion annually on ‘fighting climate change’. Yet the basis for this cost is false

 
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 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

 
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


The EU’s attack on Britain’s 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


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