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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.

Do you expect us to negotiate?

"Do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr.Bond. I expect you to die" (1)In a book published in June of this year (Swift, 2018a) and a blog the following month, (Swift 2018b), I predicted that reaching a mutually-beneficial accord with the EU would be very difficult, if not impossible, as they have no desire to come to any form of agreement with us, havin...
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Guest — Janet Tanner-Tremaine
Sadly, your opening paragraph has proved true in every respect. The EU has no thoughts other than to punish the UK for leaving. ... Read More
Saturday, 29 September 2018 10:25
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Perfect timing by the European Union

The way in which the EU goes about producing the laws that bind the rest of us - whether our politicians like them or not - can be difficult to understand. If you're not intimately familiar with it, don't worry. You're in good company. If really interested, you'll find it in Arts.288-299 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, a tur...
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Outsourcing and the Death of Democracy

In 1989, events that led to the fall of the USSR overshadowed one that arguably would have an even greater economic, cultural and political impact. According to Poole College of Management, outsourcing was formally identified as a business strategy that year.The collapse of Carillon in January 2018, the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of pou...
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Guest — smart
Your website is so beautiful
Thursday, 28 March 2019 07:09
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Jacob Rees-Mogg's letter to the Conservative Party constituent Chairmen with Briefing Note concerning the Chequers Deal

Letter to Conservative Party Constituency Chairmen House of Commons Westminster London SWlA 0AA 22 August 2018Dear Chairmen, When the British people voted to leave the EU over two years ago it was an act of great political courage against the prophets of doom. 17 million people voted to leave because they believed in better. They believe in Britain...
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EU Militia on British Streets?

Of course the mere idea of armed foreign militias patrolling British streets sounds outlandish and is usually rejected by most Brits as absurd and impossible.However, let us consider the matter more closely.The EU's plan to eventually morph into a single European State was proclaimed openly by the founders, and even later by the likes of Helmut Koh...
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Guest — Danny Wright
Thats one sure way of putting this country on a war footing with its own administration!! The arms would be flooding in to sustain... Read More
Friday, 17 August 2018 19:06
Guest — Gunpowder Plod
Our country was invaded by the Romans, the Vikings and the Normans but saw off the French, Spanish and Germans. This could invite ... Read More
Sunday, 19 August 2018 03:30
Guest — Torquil Dick-Erikson
FOOTNOTES TO THE VIDEO: Minute 3:29, where the narrator, with an obviously American voice, says "Ours [police] are unarmed..." he... Read More
Sunday, 09 September 2018 15:43
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Threatening his Lordship’s lifestyle

When Peter Mandelson was in the Labour Government and later a highly paid EU Commissioner, I was struggling running the small family business my late father had started in 1946. We just about survived the recession of the early nineties caused by the folly of the UK joining the EU exchange rate mechanism, which bankrupted a large number of small bu...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
Mandleson is a turd like Blair get out of the EU now get rid of May Hammond and Carney
Monday, 06 August 2018 22:39
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Representative democracy not bureaucratic dictatorship

In a democracy, the principle of accountability holds that government officials — whether elected or appointed by those who have been elected — are responsible to the people for their decisions and actions. The Foreign Office file FCO 30/1048 is entitled LEGAL & CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF ENTRY OF UK INTO EEC. It is stamped '1971' and marke...
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Guest — Digby Barker
Thank you for an interesting and informative article which I have read in conjunction with FCO30/1048. Regarding the 2016 Referen... Read More
Sunday, 01 September 2019 09:41
Robert Oulds
Ian Geering QC responds All power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. In the United Kingdom, the People are... Read More
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 11:21
Guest — Digby Barker
Thank you for taking the trouble to respond to my post. There are a few points on which I would offer the following observations: ... Read More
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 20:53
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Statement by Barry Legg - Chairman of the Bruges Group

 Contact your Member of Parliament Theresa May has decided to pursue a policy of Brexit in name only (BRINO). This arrangement will be worse than our current membership of the European Union as we will then be a vassal state.If this policy is implemented the electoral consequences for the Conservative Party will be dire. I urge all members of ...
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Guest — clive Sinclair
I have written to my MP as I frequently do and you are absolutely right indeed, please do all in your power to help any uprising i... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:05
Guest — #StopBrexit
Hard brexit is not the will of the people either. How many voted for hard brexit? How many voted for BRINO? Much less than those w... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:05
Guest — thomas hall
I was surprised that our PM Theresa May decided to go to Angela Merkel before she sat down with her cabinet. I personally feel th... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:27
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Moralitis: the cultural virus spreading political correctness

The causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment of cultural Marxism.In this research Robert Oulds and Niall McCrae look at the causes, symptoms and methods of prevention and treatment of 'moralitis', the societal virus that is causing political correctness and identity politics.The body politic has become infected. Like the growth of bacteria in a P...
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James Coghlan
Having a philosophy of one type or another does not conform to an actual physical virus that has a DNA and RNA. Moralitis is indi... Read More
Sunday, 08 July 2018 16:35
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Populism is popular, and will overwhelm the EU

To state that a book is important may seem a cliché, but Frank Furedi's Populism and the European Culture Wars is undoubtedly so. Using Hungary as a case study, no writer has more clearly described the predicament of national culture and identity, set against the progressive EU goal of a borderless, multicultural continent. Yet the message is unlik...
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Robert Oulds discusses Airbus and BMW's Brexit warnings, the economy and whether or not there should be another EU referendum

On the second anniversary of the successful Leave vote, Robert Oulds condemns Airbus, in receipt of £16 billion from the EU, and BMW, for choosing this day to advise the UK to stay in the single market and customs union. While the eurozone lurches from crisis to crisis, the UK has its highest rate of employment in history and we should look forward...
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Why we must remain steadfast in our Brexit negotiations

Today Great Britain stands at a crossroads; it is here where we must decide whether we will stand strong and boldly go forward or whether we will cower before a group of unelected bureaucrats thrust out from power in their home countries. Our Brexit negotiations have featured heavily in the news recently over the Government's supposed plan to stay ...
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Guest — Paul
Why do you feel a need to negotiate an exit strategy from the EU when it is clear that it is based on void treaties which breach B... Read More
Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:09
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The EU's 'Punishment Period' Is An Affront To Our Most Fundamental Democratic & Constitutional Foundations

The EU's 'Punishment Period' Is An Affront To Our Most Fundamental Democratic & Constitutional Foundations
It is widely regarded as a sincere sign of immaturity for one to antagonise & hinder their victor - whether that be in football by accusing the referee of bias, in chess by refusing to shake their opponent's hand or indeed by frustrating the democratic will of a people by political and institutional means.In other words; being a sore loser suck...
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Guest — Janet Tanner-Tremaine
Well written Reece, but please could you embolden the print on here? My eyesight is not that great and I find it extremely diffic... Read More
Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:59
Guest — David Turgoose
Sir The present problem regarding leaving the socialist EU has been caused by Members of Parliament allowing the EU to slowly tak... Read More
Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:46
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A Historian’s Vision: Post Brexit Britain Will Be Kind and Caring

​Britain's exit from the European Union, ushered by a majority of Leave votes, is an opportunity to build a better Britain.Not a better Britain, according to historian Bess Rhodes, but a kind and more caring Britain.Speaking at the Bruges Group's "Deal or No Deal" conference on Nov. 4, Rhodes admitted she voted to remain in the EU. After the result...
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Guest — Ray Rogers
The working classes have saved this country's sovereignty and its right to self determination.The so called educated middle classe... Read More
Monday, 13 November 2017 21:49
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No Transition is Better than a Bad Transition

No Transition is Better than a Bad Transition
In my last blog post, I made my own personal views on transition clear and I also stated what the government had said that their views on transition were. To summarise, I personally believe that, if a free trade agreement (FTA) between the UK and the EU is agreed by midnight on 29th March 2019 and, if a subsequent transitional arrangement is deemed...
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Scotland, Separation and the Brexit Question

The SNP has abandoned ‘True Independence’ and Sturgeon is forcing Scotland to choose between a more powerful Scotland inside a Federal UK, or a less powerful one inside the EU and most likely the Eurozone.

David Roach

23rd April 2017
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I remember the SNP’s 2015 manifesto commitment very clearly: the more seats they won in Westminster, the more powers they would get back for Scotland. It was not their most original manifesto commitment, but it was consistent with the main theme of Scottish politics for the past few decades: that devolution should bring power closer to the people of Scotland.

 

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Guest — STEWART CONNELL
You need to read "Union Glue" available on Amazon.
Sunday, 23 April 2017 15:32
Guest — Ian M. LaRiviere
A brilliantly lucid and coherent analysis of the realities of Scottish separation from the rest of the UK, and of the potential su... Read More
Sunday, 23 April 2017 16:26
Guest — Norman Frodsham
It is confusing that Mrs Sturgeon chooses to give away scottish independence to EU, and is playing roulette with her biggest expor... Read More
Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:05
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The truth only Europhiles can tell about the EU

The EU is on the road towards a single state and is already largely there.

30th March 2017
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The European Union is an attempt to unify Europe under one centralised authority in a fundamentally similar fashion as tried for instance by the Roman Empire and Napoleon Bonaparte. The difference is that this time it's being attempted through a different method.

 

This is not a reference to the words of some eurosceptic as someone might assume. Like for instance a supporter of Britain leaving  the EU. This is on the contrary a reference to a speech by former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the main author of the European Constitution which was later renamed the Lisbon Treaty and is today the EU's supreme legislation.

 

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Brexit and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in preventing the Prime Minister from invoking Article 50 to leave to EU. Its ruling is wrong. Jurisdiction was passed to the People, who have primary authority, by Parliament.

25th January 2017
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One must now wonder whether in his memoirs Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court will say, of the unintended consequences of the Court’s Brexit decision, “Of course, the People had made a valid decision to leave the EU but at the time it seemed the right thing to send it back to Parliament.”

 

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Guest — John Strafford
Excellent article. Well done.
Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:43
Robert Oulds
Its also bad law. The ECA 1972 was amended when the Lisbon Treaty was put through Parliament to incorporate Article 50, it was cle... Read More
Thursday, 26 January 2017 22:49
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Independence or incoherence? Why the Scottish government is misleading Scots

Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond and (then) Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2007, at the launch of Choosing Scotland’s Future – a White Paper on a possible independence referendum. Picture by The Scottish Government.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has commented on several occasions in recent weeks on the subject of a second Scottish independence referendum. She first warned that she was not “bluffing” about calling another referendum, should the United Kingdom also leave the European single market. She then ruled out holding such a vote in 2017, effectively holding the threat of it over the British government as it moves ahead with Brexit.

There’s nothing wrong with many in Scotland, as in other European regions like Catalonia, wishing for independence. Indeed, notions of sovereignty, identity, and more representative democracy were all integral to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU). Where such movements lose coherence, however, is in their insistence on remaining in the EU.

Why?

Many, many laws pertaining to the UK, including Scotland, originate in Brussels. Though the exact proportion of British laws stemming from the EU is hotly contested, it is likely quite large, with some estimates ranging up to 62%. What is more important, however, is how significant some of the EU’s competencies are. An “independent” Scotland within the EU would face the same quotas on its fisheries, abide by the same agricultural policy, honour the same trade deals signed devised in Brussels, and have absolutely no control over its borders. Its government also intends to continue using the British pound as its currency. In this sense, the stated intention of being “in the driving seat of [Scotland’s] own destiny and to shape [its] own future” loses its meaning. Without full control over essential areas like borders and monetary policy, a nation is not independent.

Moreover, the EU has always made clear that to secede from a member state is to secede from the Union. As such, Scotland deciding to leave the UK in order to retain its EU membership is not only impossible, but dangerously misleading to Scots.

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Asking Parliament to Vote on Article 50 TEU for the Third Time?

The very purpose of the referendum was to establish a decision-making procedure for leaving the EU. This procedure was implemented by the June referendum.

5th December 2016
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In R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) (3rd November 2016), the Divisional Court determined that the government may not trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) without legislation being passed by Parliament. Article 50 states:

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. … 3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period. 



The claimants were members of the public described by the Divisional Court as “parties … whose interests are potentially affected in different ways” (para. 7 of judgment in Miller). The essential reason for the conclusion of the Divisional Court that legislation is needed was that triggering Article 50 TEU will inevitably have the effect of changing domestic law because those elements of EU law which Parliament has made part of domestic law by the enactment of the European Communities Act 1972 will in due course cease automatically to have effect.


The judgment seems open to criticisms on a number of grounds, chiefly the following: (i) it fails to adequately take into account the relationship between the UK legal system and the international legal system, understood here to include the European Union legal system, and the doctrine of dualism that applies to the incorporation of the EU Treaties into EU law; (ii) relatedly, its fails to adequately take into account the manner of incorporation of the EU Treaties into UK law by a method of reference or incorporation, and in particular, by reference to the entire body of EU law; (iii) the distinction drawn between categories of rights under EU law does not establish that some rights protected by UK law will be set aside in  way contrary to the European Communities Act 1972, and (iv) and the judgment does not fully consider any constitutional effects of the European Union Referendum Act 2015.


Parliament will need to vote on how to replace EU law in UK law when Brexit actually happens. The Miller judgment requires that Parliament votes to being the process of Brexit too. At a political level, the Miller judgment is very significant in that the House of Lords may well vote against triggering Brexit, and it would take one year for the House of Commons to be able to bypass the House of Lords under the Parliament Acts 1911-1949.

 

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Guest — EppingBlogger
We are entitled to question why it is that the law seems able to devise reasons why Parliament should vote and the Executive shoul... Read More
Monday, 05 December 2016 22:45
Guest — Robert Oulds
I would have thought that Supreme Court judges would have more sense than to get involved in politics and will pass this back to t... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 09:35
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Rather than trying to stop Brexit, elites should focus on making it a success

Article 50 will be triggered, and the UK will leave the EU

28th November 2016

The Royal Courts of Justice (London) where October’s High Court ruling that only Parliament can trigger Brexit was delivered.

The latest twist in the Brexit tale is the legal limbo hanging over who can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, signalling the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Following a lawsuit filed in the summer, the High Court ruled on October 13 that the British government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliament’s permission. This decision was immediately appealed by the government, who are anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s final word in December.

Rule of law is one of the foundations upon which Britain’s success over the centuries was built, and must be respected. However, I, like many people, was surprised by the message the High Court’s ruling was sending –that Parliament supersedes the will of the people, not the other way around. After all, isn’t Parliament supposed to reflect the will of citizens? Don’t all MPs, from the lowliest backbencher, to the prime minister, work for us?

In any case, I am not terribly worried about this court battle. If the triggering of Article 50 does end up going to Parliament, there will be enormous pressure on MPs to vote in line with their constituents, leading to a crushing majority in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). It is true that most MPs, across all parties, favoured remaining in the EU prior to June’s referendum, but not aligning with their electorate on this subject could very likely cost them their jobs next election. This threat is especially true for Labour MPs, many of whom saw constituents in northern “safe” seats reject the party’s advice advice by voting to leave the EU.

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has been, and continues to be an outspoken opponent of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Where there is greater cause for concern, however, is in the growing pushback by elites opposed to Brexit. The following three examples are among the most publicized, but by no means the only instances of such pushback:

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Guest — Ralph Maddern
Excellent summary
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 16:50
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