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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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

Ireland and EU Defence Integration

​ There's been a lot of talk about something called PESCO and whether it breaches the Irish constitution or the concept of neutrality. What is Irish neutrality and what does the Irish constitution say about it? First there's whether Ireland takes part in activity outside of its own territory and second there's whether Ireland permits other countrie...
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Martin Selmayr – the EU’s puppet master secures his future

Jennifer Jacquemart/European Commission ​ Jean-Claude Juncker's most senior henchman, Martin Selmayr, has secured his post-Juncker future as the head of the EU Commission's civil service. This is not promotion, only continuity: he has long been the EU Commission's most powerful figure, as well as the link to German policymakers and the real puppet-...
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Government must scrap its compromises over EU military schemes

Veterans for Britain, supported by the Bruges Group, bring an urgent message to Manchester on Monday 2 October: we need full Brexit for defence and an end to recent UK commitments to the EU that have a nasty sting in the tail.Since the Brexit vote, the UK has given a green light to the juggernaut of EU military schemes on the understanding we would be outside of them.However, government position papers incredibly propose STAYING IN joint EU schemes on military finance, research and assets.The schemes, which have never been voted on by MPs, would mean the UK staying in EU Common Defence Policy, the European Defence Agency and even EU defence procurement directives. Norway is the only non-EU country in the schemes and was obliged to accept these rules.The PM has rightly declared the UK’s unconditional commitment to Europe’s defence via NATO.However, we fear that MPs and ministers are not aware of the full implications of a Norway-style military union agreement. Many civil servants are aware of these implications and are pushing for UK entry relentlessly.At the same time as these new EU military finance and structure schemes are being agreed, the EU is growing the remit of its Common Security and Defence Policy in a way that consolidates its control over EU Council-agreed military responses. The EU’s new military HQ, the MPCC, which UK diplomats tried in vain to change, is just a small part of this.The EU is also tightening defence asset production rules to make an EU defence market in which member state governments will find it impossible to protect domestic defence jobs and industry eg Scottish shipyards in the UK’s case.Sadly, the Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy of September 2017 fully adheres to the latest EU rules in cross-border defence tendering – clearly anticipating a future where the UK would need to comply.It is essential that at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester delegates are made aware of the risk to Scottish shipyards, particularly Ruth Davidson and her Scottish Conservatives team. The UK is heading towards a scenario where it is dictated by these EU procurement rules which will only become more assertive when the UK is fully committed to them.‘Dodging the EU bullet’

Speakers: Major-General Julian Thompson, Colonel Richard Kemp, Captain Will Carver & Geoffrey Van Orden MEP

Monday 2nd Oct 11.00 at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LAFor more info on the commitments made by the UK to the EU military juggernaut and the risks posed from the proposal to stay in them, see: http://veteransforbritain.uk/dexeus-defence-partnership-paper-is-a-grave-mistake-and-gives-the-eu-control/

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https://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/the-uk-is-stuck-in-a-quagmire-over-eu-defence-union

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Barnier's career of wacky ideas and EU power-grabs

Michel Barnier is quickly becoming a pantomime villain in the UK, with his regular grandstanding and puerile PR stunts. But a lot of British commentators still give him far too much credit - we can only guess they haven't looked into the wreckage of his political career.(Photograph courtesy of Foto-AG Gymnasium Melle)Barnier's track record, described below, is marked by wacky EU-federalist ideas which have been his undoing on several occasions.From his less-than-subtle effort to force the EU Constitution onto all of us through to the range of smaller proposals for EU power-grabs, which resulted in criticism, rebukes and a dismissal.The Brexit talks show that he might never learn from these errors.Despite having absolutely no elected mandate in his current role, he is stuck in the EU Commission mindset and trying to boss Britain around.Any eurosceptic would have known that EU intransigence would soon surface in spite of David Davis's efforts to create an amicable and respectful exchange of views.We highlight eight of his career low points here:1. As French Minister for Foreign Affairs......he helped write the despised EU Constitution, a massive EU power-grab, that was trashed and rejected by French voters in a referendum and later in a Dutch referendum.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/acf7f084-afa6-11d9-bb33-00000e2511c8.html?ft_site=falcon&desktop=true  2. Sacked as French foreign minister......because his EU Constitution campaign was so roundly trashed in the French referendum. He later complained he was "unfairly singled out" for the referendum defeat, but he still didn't learn his lesson as the next items shows. https://www.expatica.com/fr/news/Ousted-French-FM-laments-teams-beheading_129910.html  3. As French nominee to rewrite the failed EU constitution......he was asked to produce a new document to replace the constitution alongside other panellists. An unrepentant Barnier and his colleagues instead produced virtually the same list of power-grabs in the controversial and hated Lisbon Treaty. Co-writer Valéry Giscard d'Estaing confirmed it was "substantially the same as the EU Constitution".http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-treaty-is-a-constitution-says-giscard-destaing-395521.html  

4. As EU Commissioner for Regions...

...he oversaw the EU regional funding team which proposed a much-criticised funding project of more than EUR 60 million to the Spanish enclave of Melilla including millions spent on a luxury golf course next to a refugee fence and refugee reception centre. Although he oversaw the team which wrote the funding proposal and gave the initial approval, final approval to the criticised scheme was by his successor Jacques Barrot.Description of funding:http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/atlas/programmes/2000-2006/spain/objective-1-programme-for-melillaCriticism:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/23/-sp-african-migrants-look-down-on-white-clad-golfers-in-viral-photohttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2014-008767+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN2004 revised decision:https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/?coteId=3&year=2004&version=ALL&fuseaction=xls&Original decision: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/archive/country/pdf/spain.pdf  5. As adviser to José Manuel Barroso...When asked to look into civil emergency response, he was ridiculed for his proposals for an EU Civil Protection Force which turned into an obvious power-grab for the EU Commission. He is credited with invented the phrase 'the cost of non-Europe' and his civil protection paper includes the bizarre phrase: "As the tsunami so tragically bears out, the price of non-Europe in crisis management is too high". He was also a Barroso adviser when Barroso made his famous gaffe, "the EU is our empire". http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/dv/031006barnier_/031006barnier_en.pdf  6. As EU commissioner for the internal market...He was criticised repeatedly over: Solvency II insurance regulation; EU Commission power-grabs; toothless bank reform proposals; and half-baked banking reform proposals. He was also criticised by the UK Government for his banking reform proposals and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers' Directive which was especially punitive to the UK financial services industry.Slammed over the Solvency II legislation processhttps://www.insuranceerm.com/guides/solvency-ii-timeline.htmlCriticised for toothless proposalshttp://www.euractiv.com/section/euro-finance/news/eu-tables-toothless-law-to-tackle-mega-banks/Criticised for half-baked banking reform proposals:http://www.guengl.eu/news/article/gue-ngl-news/too-big-to-fail-dogma-still-dominates-barniers-latest-banking-plansCriticised by UK gov for his first draft of banking reformhttps://mlexmarketinsight.com/insights-center/editors-picks/brexit/europe/barnier-brings-record-of-dealmaking-over-ideology-to-brexit-talksFaced Uk gov criticism over AIFMDhttps://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ZIdlwrESdT0C&pg=PA56&lpg=PA56&dq=criticised+%22commissioner+barnier%22&source=bl&ots=GINzIDWHJ9&sig=G2MBFXyUaW4QZqxgYFXi7y3eeF4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjbyfvz9IPVAhWpJ8AKHcowDlUQ6AEIUjAI#v=onepage&q=criticised%20%22commissioner%20barnier%22&f=false  7. As defence adviser to Juncker...He helped create the concept of the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Action Plan. From 2015 to his appointment as EU Commission Brexit negotiator he helped plan the EU's defence powergrab which was eventually rolled out in a legislative onslaught at the EU Council between November 2016 and June 2017.http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4437_en.htm8. As co-president of the Albertville Olympic Committee......saw the event costs escalate to more than double its intended budget. UK analysts later found the event suffered a cost overrun of a whopping 137%.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Winter_Olympics#Cost_and_cost_overrun Flyvbjerg, Bent; Stewart, Allison; Budzier, Alexander (2016). The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games. Oxford: Saïd Business School Working Papers (Oxford: University of Oxford). pp. 9–13. SSRN 2804554 Freely accessible.
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Government Agrees to EU Military

Five concerns for the UK arising from the EU Defence Union

14th June 2017
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There are five main areas which the EU has been pursuing in order to establish what it calls an ‘EU Defence Union’ across the 28 EU countries, including the UK.

1. Procurement policy and incentives

2. Finance

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The UK is stuck in a quagmire over EU Defence Union

EU Defence Union has gathered pace since late 2016 and the UK is deeply involved. Ministers have so far failed to explain why they are agreeing to the plans and how they will regain control.

15th February 2017
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A senior EU Commission official boasted in January that the EU "has done more in defence in the last seven months than in the previous decades".

 

It certainly looks like they have stepped up the pace since the Brexit vote.

 

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