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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.
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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Spearheading the intellectual battle against the EU. And for new thinking in international affairs.
Thomas Bevan is a sixth form student from the Midlands, studying politics, economics and history. With a passion for politics and in particular international relations, he is determined to have a career in journalism or politics. As a Conservative party member and fervent believer in Brexit, he recognises the greater struggle that Brexit represents... and the opportunities it provides for Britain. More
Luke Alsford is a Conservative campaigner, and is leader of the Conservative Society at his college. Luke has argued in favour of leaving the EU in important school debates.
Ethan Thoburn is a student from the North East of England, studying Economics, Government & Politics and Business. In the 2016 EU referendum he campaigned for a Leave vote, and actively campaigns for the Conservative Party as well as currently serving as Chairman of South Tyneside Young Conservatives and has supported Leave Means Leave. He aspi...res to a career in journalism, politics and economics but more importantly he understands the need to change Britain by leaving the EU and adopting free trade policies. More
John Petley read music at Oxford and also has a diploma in applied theology from Moorlands Bible College. He was not active politically until he was over 40 years old and read an article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard which opened his eyes to the nature of the European project. He has subsequently worked for two years as a researcher in the European Pa...rliament, and later served for three years as editor of The Freedom Association's in-house magazine Freedom Today, He then joined the Campaign for an Independent Britain as Operations Manager, speaking in over 20 debates and rallies during the 2016 referendum campaign. He is the author of Top 10 reasons to leave the EU (Bretwalda Books) and since the referendum has collaborated with John Ashworth of Fishing for Leave  in the production of two booklets on fisheries. His paper On the Wrong Track was published by the Bruges Group in 2009.  More
David Kurten has been a London Assembly Member since May 2016, and was UKIP's Education Spokesman from November 2016 to December 2018. Before entering politics, he was a Chemistry teacher for over 15 years and taught in both state and private schools in Hampshire, Botswana, London, Hertfordshire, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Yor...k and Bermuda. More
David Betz is Professor of War in the Modern World and Deputy Head of the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He has written extensively on insurgency and counterinsurgency, irregular warfare, revolution, state and non-state propaganda, and information warfare. His most recent book Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of... Conventional Military Power analyses the wide impact of information technology on war and warfare. More
Dr. Gerard Conway is a senior lecturer in law at Brunel University London, from where he obtained his PhD degree. He worked as legal trainee in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland (six months), as a judicial researcher in the Four Courts in Dublin (seven months), and as a legal researcher in the Office of the Director... of Public Prosecutions of Ireland (for nearly three years). His research is in the areas of legal reasoning, international courts, constitutional law of the EU, comparative public law, and European and international criminal law. More
Roger Kendrick is a serial entrepreneur and a Director of plc and private companies exporting high-tech products and services around the world.
John Poynton was educated at University of Edinburgh, where he studied physics and economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse in London before serving two medium-sized organisations as finance director.   In 2014 he joined UKIP and stood as parliamentary candidate in Ealing Southall 2015 and 2017. He campaigned independently during the referendum so as to promote his own literature, helping to achieve 40% for Leave across the London Borough of Ealing.  John regards himself as a centre radical and opposes all forms of discrimination. His blog can be found at More
Will Podmore is the author of Brexit: the road to freedom, published by i2i Press, paperback, 317 pages, ISBN 978-1916427174£9.95. Available from the author and from Amazon. Will Podmore has been the Chief Librarian at the University College of Osteopathy (formerly the British School of Osteopathy) since 1986. He is a member of the University and ...College Union. He is married, with one daughter, three sons and five grandsons. He is the author of 5 other books: Britain, Italy, Germany and the Spanish Civil War; Reg Birch: engineer, trade unionist, communist; The European Union – bad for Britain – a trade union view; British foreign policy since 1870; and The war against the working class. More
Ralph Baldwin is a graduate in Conservations Management, Data/Business Analyst and lover of the British Countryside. He is a political activist of over thirty years and an ex-Councillor who left Labour after helping Margaret Hodge defeat the BNP due to the destructive and callous nature of the Hard Left.  Since Joining the Conservatives Ralph ...has fallen in love with the Cobservative Party and he is passionate about battling political extremism and re-building faith in both conservatism and moderate politics.  As one progresses on the journey one is realising how wise Margaret Thatcher truly was..... More
Andrew Tettenborn is a professor of commercial law at a well-known UK university, who also teaches in Europe and elsewhere. In the 2001 General Election he stood as UKIP’s candidate in Bath.
For the last 35 years Torquil has specialised as a legal journalist in comparative criminal procedure. He has been published in, amongst others, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Law Journal. He is theauthor of“The European Constitution against the British Constitution”, with a Foreword by Nig...el Farage MEP, and in 2010 another booklet “The Coming Tsunami” about the very different systems of criminal justice and of policing that the UK might have thrust upon it from Brussels, with a Foreword by Christopher Gill, Hon, President, the Freedom Association. More
Michael Wood dropped out of art school and worked in agriculture until accepted for business training by a major Japanese trading house. Working for major Japanese, Dutch and German firms he was involved in International trade from the mid sixties to his retirement in 2010. His career focus was mainly on agricultural products and he has extensive k...nowledge of perishables both short sea imports and deep sea exports. He travelled widely and has lived and worked in Nigeria, Ukraine, Central Asia as well as the EU (Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg). He became involved in information technology in the late 90s and was engaged by LM Ericsson to advise on a mobile telephone business model applicable to sparsely populated developing countries in Central Asia. Prior to retirement he was CFO and GM of a London based manufacturing, warehousing and property company. The manufacturing division sourced raw materials and parts from Italy, UK, China, Taiwan and India. After retirement he developed disability products with Chinese manufactures and imported them into the UK.  He now lives in London with his wife, a lawyer, and writes on a variety of subjects including disability issues. More
Dr Lee Rotherham has been engaged in Brexit prep since before it was fashionable. He has been an adviser to three Shadow Foreign Secretaries, to the Conservative delegate to the Convention that drafted the Lisbon Treaty, to MEPs, a delegate to the Council of Europe, and a range of front benchers. During the referendum, he was Director of Special Pr...ojects at Vote Leave. He has been very extensively published by many think tanks, writing on issues across the full spectrum of EU policy. Lee fought the 2001 General Election as Conservative Candidate in St Helens South - with its infamous butler - and fought the then Europe Minister in Rotherham in 2005. He has twenty years’ service in the Reserves, including three operational deployments and time spent within Whitehall on Defence and Security work. He is Director of the Brexit think tank The Red Cell, is Executive Director of Veterans for Britain, and Chairman of the project to set up a Museum of Sovereignty. He tweets as @DrBrexit More
Barry Legg was the Conservative Party’s Chief Executive and is a former MP, representing Milton Keynes South West. Whilst in Parliament Barry was a Maastricht rebel.He is also a businessman and Chairman of the Bruges Group.
Scarlett Spencer is a former alumni at the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She is a member of Bruges Group who works for Children's Services.
Dr Jonathan Swift is a Senior Lecturer in International Business & Marketing at Salford Business School, the University of Salford, Manchester. He teaches on the Postgraduate programmes at the Business School, is the Programme Leader for the MSC in International Business, and leads the overseas residential study week. He has taught at the Manch...ester Business School, on the Executive MBA programme, and has been involved in socio-linguistic pre-departure training for personnel from major companies who were to go to Latin America to take up positions there. He has worked closely with a variety of industries. Jonathan has written a number of books: the two most recent being Brexit KBO (2018) published by Cambridge Academic, Cambridge, and Understanding Business in the Global Economy: A Multi-Level Relationship Approach (2017) Macmillan Publishers, London. He has lived and worked in a number of countries: Brazil, Colombia, Italy, and Mexico, and speaks Spanish. More
Catherine was the parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth and is the Eastern Regional Chair of UKIP. Her background is in international markets, economics and business, both large and small.
David Owen is a retired Project Director and Group Head of Procurement of a UK Plc with over 30 years’ experience of international trade and contracting in senior roles, mainly with UK and German companies, managing oil, gas and mining projects in UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Daniel Mcilhiney has had an unusual career spanning many industries. He trained as an actor before leaving education to become a minister and preacher. He went on the travel across Europe training people in the art of public speaking and persuasion. He then moved on to work in the field of PR and Politics after becoming deeply engaged in the system during the Brexit referendum strongly believing that, although it may be of personal detriment to him and his work, he was duty bound to use his skills to seek to get a Leave vote for the good of his country and it’s future. He has since helped to run campaigns for those in the public and private sectors in London, Manchester, Budapest, Berlin and across the United States, he has written speeches and articles and continues to work in politics across the United States and Europe. More
As an undergraduate at Oxford, Ariane Loening was old enough to vote NO in the 1975 EEC referendum.  She gained experience of UN agencies and spent the 1980s in West Bengal working in the voluntary sector at grassroots level, developing a forensic approach to socio-political and economic issues before returning to Scotland in 1993. She values,... in particular, knowledge of historical background, believing it to be the best way to understand the present. More
Daniel Kawczynski MP is Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham. The first British MP born in Poland Mr Kawczynski has served on the Foreign Affairs, International Development, Justice and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committees and a former Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Advisor to former Prime Minister David Cameron on Eastern and Central European Affairs. More
Daniel Bullen is a self-publishing author. Daniel has high-functioning autism, which affects the way he interacts but, gets the job done nonetheless. Currently studying a degree in ICT. Aside from politics, Daniel has an interest in history – particularly British, American, Russian and Eastern European history. His publication includes The Occupati...on of Britain (2017), a history of Britain’s relationship with Europe from 1945 to 2017 whilst at the moment writing three more books about Brexit and other books on other topics. Restoring Britain post-Brexit (2018) The Liberation of Britain Part 1 (2018) The Liberation of Britain Part 2 (2018) Fascism and Communism are Two Sides of the Same Coin Part 1 (2018) More
Marcus Watney is a retired technical writer with experience in British industry working for OEMs in the areas of IT, fibre optics and superconducting magnets. He has stood for Parliament twice and twice been a euro-election candidate for UKIP. In 2004 the Bruges Group published his paper Exit Strategy, believed to be the first analysis of the di...fferent ways of leaving the EU. He has given numerous television and radio interviews, attempting to explain simply the byzantine workings of the European Union. More
David Wilkinson has campaigned against the EU in various countries.
John Griffing is formerly Associate Editor for The Daily Caller News Foundation. His interview credits include Fortune 500 executives, as well as key public officials. He is also featured on Fox, RT, Newsmax TV and numerous radio programs.
Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter is CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a UK manufacturer exporting 89% of its output to 108 countries. He is a former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army and a Graduate and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Durham, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Eng...ineers and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Royal Institute for International Affairs, Royal Society of Asian Affairs and the Royal United Services Institute. Carl is a Council Member of the British Marine Equipment Association and the Maritime Defence & Security Group. His interests are in Physics, International Business, Parliament and the Constitution, South Asia, International & Strategic Affairs, Defence, the British Commonwealth and bringing UK Scientists into business. Carl lives in London and Somerset in England, travels extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been married for 28 years to Dorothy and a Father of four Children. More
Isabel Brooke studies politics, philosophy, and religion at Ithaca College in the United States. In addition to studying while she is in London until May 2018, Isabel is working with the Bruges Group and for Dan Helmer's congressional campaign in the States.
In 1997 Derek was the Referendum Party candidate in Walsall North and joined UKIP after the general election that year. He has served on the UKIP NEC, organised six conferences and stood as a UKIP candidate during the last five general elections. From 1997 he has produced the Euro Realist newsletter.
Dr Niall McCrae is a senior lecturer in mental health at King's College London. Niall campaigned for Brexit in Sutton, one of the few London boroughs to vote to leave the EU. He continues to write on Brexit within his broader theme of democracy and freedom of speech. Regular writer for Salisbury Review. Author of books The Moon and Madness, Th...e Story of Nursing in British Mental Hospitals: Echoes from the Corridors, and Moralitis: a Cultural Virus (with Robert Oulds). Follow Niall on Twitter @CraeNiall More
As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independenc...e, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain. More
Ben is a Burkean conservative and a social, moral and fiscal conservative. He strongly support Britain's exit from the European Union, its internal market and its customs union as well as our withdrawal from the European Arrest Warrant and the European Convention on Human Rights. He is primarily interested in theology and UK politics. Ben has his o...wn Brexit blog at: More
Ahana is an intern with The Bruges Group. An undergrad at Ithaca College, class of 2018, she is studying journalism and politics with a concentration in international relations. In the past, she's written for NVIDIA, PBS NewsHour, and Gannett Newspapers, covering subjects such as artificial intelligence, President Donald Trump's Inauguration, and l...ocal news. More
Since October 2016, David has studied the EU’s growing power-grab in defence as a researcher and spokesman for Veterans for Britain, whiche he co-founded. He has been an active campaigner for the UK’s autonomy and was also co-founder of Scientists for Britain and Imaginexit, a digital promotions platform which was operating during the referendum. ... David has worked in science, publishing and political communications including four years in the United Arab Emirates. He is qualified as a journalist with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and in media communications with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. More
Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson is an Icelandic historian. He holds a master's degree in international relations with focus on European, defence and security studies. Twitter: @Hjortur_J
Gary Robinson is a political commentator and analyst. He tweets at @GaryJRobinson
James Alexander Coghlan is a published academic, author and poet. He has lectured in 7 countries and enjoys political discourses. His first novel The Impossible Journey was released in India, 2009. He is published in 5 genres. Currently collating a publication of his political works.
Robert Oulds is the Director of the Bruges Group and the author of Everything you wanted to know about the EU: But were afraid to ask
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