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.
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 the University of Salford Business School. Jonathan has lived for many years in Latin America, specifically in Colombia, Mexico and Brasil. He has been involved in a variety of activities, including Trade Fair Management, and market research. He began his career te...aching foreign languages and moved into cross-cultural training for multinationals such as ICI and Kellogs. He has worked closely with a variety of industrial clients, generally in the areas of international consultancy, and market research. He has been the Programme Leader for the MSc in International Business, and is currently the International Links Tutor with responsibility for developing academic and commercial links abroad. He runs an international research project, that examines the development of cross-cultural business relationships with various countries. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá, Colombia. 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 lecturer in mental health. 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, Conservative Woman and healthcare journals. Author of two books: The Moon and... Madness, and The Story of Nursing in British Mental Hospitals: Echoes from the Corridors. 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