The Bruges Group
The Bruges Group is an independent all-party think tank.
Our independence is our strength allowing us to be free to follow our own
policy agenda and put the national interest above party political
Set up in February 1989, its aim was to promote the idea of a less
centralised European structure than that emerging in Brussels. Its
inspiration was Margaret
Thatcher's Bruges speech in September 1988, in which she
"We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of
the state in Britain, only to see them reimposed at a European level, with a
European superstate exercising a new dominance from Brussels."
The Bruges Group
has had a major effect on public opinion, and forged links with Members of
Parliament as well as with similarly minded groups in other
Through its groundbreaking publications and wide-ranging discussions
The Bruges Group has spearheaded the intellectual battle against the
notion of ever closer union in Europe and will continue its fight against
further integration and, above all, against British involvement in a
single European state.
The Group also holds regular high-profile public
meetings, seminars, debates and conferences. These enable
speakers to contribute to the European debate.
A brief selection of those who have addressed our regular public
Michael Howard MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Baroness Thatcher,
Frank Field MP, Michael
Portillo MP, John Redwood MP, Nigel Farage MEP, Lord Tebbit of
Chingford, Lord Bell, Dr Cris Shore - author of Building
Europe, Graeme Leach - Chief Economist at the IoD, Martin Howe
QC - author of Europe and the Constitution after
Bill Jamieson - Executive Editor of The Scotsman, Jens-Peter Bonde -
Danish MEP and leader of the June Movement, Dr John Hulsman of the
Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
The Bruges Group aims to promote discussion on the European Union and to
advance the education of the public on European affairs. The Bruges Group's
research also explores alternative international relationships and policies.
Equipping politicians, key opinion-formers and the media with the information
needed for a complete restructuring of Britain’s relationship with other
What people say about the Group
The Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick,
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1990-93, says,
"The Group has become the most authoritative,
occasionally provocative of all the many different groups on European
issues. Bruges Group publications are always characterised by clarity, and
a willingness to think the unthinkable.
"I have been proud to be associated with the Bruges
it has a vital influence on the European debate and I hope others will
support it enthusiastically."
The Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP, states
"The Bruges Group has a vital role to play in setting out
for a common market rather than a common government in Western Europe. The
Bruges Group has built on the original Bruges speech of Margaret Thatcher
and has set out many important points in the debate about the way Europe
is careering towards a superstate and the way in which Britain needs a
different and better relationship with our European
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