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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Deal or No Deal

Bruges Group Conference

Will Britain make a Brexit deal with Brussels? What should the UK prioritise? Where should it draw the red lines? When is the cost of any deal too high? This conference will answer those important questions.

Saturday, 4th November 2017
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Speakers include; Kate Hoey MP, Sir Bill Cash MP, Andrew Rosindell MP, Dr Bess Rhodes, Gerard Batten MEP, Professor David Myddelton, Christopher Chope MP and the Institute of Economic Affairs' Chief Economist and Brexit expert Julian Jessop.

Click here to view Julian Jessop's presentation.

Click here to read Professor David Myddelton's speech.

Videos

Dr Bess Rhodes
Kate Hoey MP
Professor David Myddelton

The Speakers

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Kate Hoey MP
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Andrew Rosindell MP
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Sir Bill Cash MP
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Charlie Elphicke MP
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Julian Jessop
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Christopher Chope MP
Sir William Cash MP is the Member for Stone and was shadow Attorney general from 2001 to 2003. He is the Chairman of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee. Bill declined a government position in 1991, choosing instead to orchestrate opposition to the Maastricht Treaty. Bill Cash is the Chairman of the European Foundation and was also Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bruges Group in the House of Commons. His publications include; Associated, Not Absorbed – The Associated European Area, Are we really Winning on Europe?, Against a Federal Europe: The Battle for Britain and British and German National Interests.

Andrew Rosindell MP is the most effective grassroots campaigner in the country. As the Member of Parliament for Romford in Essex he has increased his majority since capturing the seat in 2001. Andrew is a firm believer in the nation-state and Britain’s overseas territories and crown dependencies. His political interests include foreign and international relations, European affairs, law and order, defence, local and regional government and animal welfare. His countries of interest are Australia, Canada, Crown Dependencies, Eastern Europe, Gibraltar, Gulf States, New Zealand, the Nordic countries, UK Overseas Territories, USA, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
 
Kate Hoey MP is the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Vauxhall. She served as the Minister for sport from 1999 until 2001. Kate was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from 1998 to 1999. Born in Belfast she is a strong supporter of the Union. Kate opposed the plan for the introduction of ID cards. Kate Hoey was Chairman of the Countryside Alliance. As a longstanding Eurosceptic she was a leading Labour figure in the campaign to win a vote to leave the European Union.
 
Christopher Chope, OBE, MP is the Member of Parliament for Christchurch. prior to entering parliament, Chris was Leader of Wandsworth Council between 1979 and 1983 where he pioneered local government privatisation and achieved substantial expenditure reductions. In June 2013 Chope was one of four MPs who tried to facilitate a parliamentary debate on what they called an "Alternative Queen’s Speech" -an attempt to show what a future Conservative government might deliver. 42 policies were listed including reintroduction of the death penalty and conscription, privatizing the BBC, banning the burka in public places and preparation to leave the European Union.
 
Gerard Batten MEP, a UKIP Member of the European Parliament representing London, is an expert on the costs of EU membership, the case for withdrawal and the EU’s impact on immigration. He is also a vociferous campaigner against the European Arrest Warrant and the creation of a European system of criminal law. in his first term he was a member of the European Parliaments Security & Defence Committee, and from 2009 has been a member of the Civil Liberties Justice & Home Affairs Committee.
 
Professor David Myddelton is a chartered accountant with an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has been Professor of Finance and Accounting at the Cranfield School of Management since 1972 (Emeritus since retiring in 2005).  From 2001 was Chairman of the Trustees of the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free market think-tank, before standing down in 2015. He has written a number of textbooks on accounting and finance; and he has written other books on Inflation Accounting, the British Tax System and Accounting Standards. His two latest books are; They Meant Well: Government Project Disasters and Margins of Error in Accounting. He’s also a prolific writer of letters to the newspapers, especially the Financial Times.
 
Julian Jessop is Chief Economist at the Institute for Economic Affairs. He has thirty years of experience as a professional economist in the public and private sectors, including senior positions at HM Treasury, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining the IEA in March he was a Director and Chief Global Economist at the leading independent consultancy, Capital Economics. Julian has a First Class degree in economics from Cambridge University and post-graduate qualifications in both economics and law. Julian is leading the IEA’s response to the progress of the Brexit negotiations.
 
Charlie Elphicke MP is the Member of Parliament for Dover. Following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, Charlie decided to publish a series of papers and articles to provide clarity on the UK's post-Brexit position. This revolved around a theme of Britain being 'Ready on Day One' - which provided suggestions on how the UK should be Brexit ready the day it leaves the EU, regardless of the deal it strikes with the bloc. He also published 'The Withdrawal of the UK from the EU - Analysis of Potential Financial Liabilities'. The paper showed that there was no legal or moral case for the UK to pay a divorce bill to the EU, instead, the EU could owe the UK €10 billion for its share of the European Investment Bank.

Address of Event

Princess Alexandra Hall
Royal Over-Seas League
Over-Seas House
6 Park Place
St James’s Street
London SW1A 1LR

Map of Event

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and expert friends

Manchester Meeting

Monday, 2nd October 2017

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Jacob Rees-Mogg
Shanker Singham
Patrick Minford
Gerard Lyons
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An address and question time with one of the most outstanding characters and intellects in the Parliamentary Conservative Party, Jacob Rees-Mogg. He will talk alongside like-minded genuine experts on Brexit; including the trade expert Shanker Singham, the advisor to Boris Johnson, Dr Gerard Lyons, and the economist Professor Patrick Minford CBE

The Speakers

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Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
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Shanker Singham

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Flickr Gallery 2nd October 2017

Address of Event

The Great Hall, Town Hall, Albert Square,  Manchester M60 2LA

Map of Event

Building a post-Brexit Britain

With the MPs Owen Paterson and Philip Davies

Monday, 24th April 2017

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Philip Davies MP
European Arrest Warrant
Rt Hon. Owen Paterson, MP
Full Q&A
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The Speakers

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Owen Paterson MP
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Rt Hon. Esther McVey
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Philip Davies MP

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Flickr Gallery 24th April 2017

Address of Event

Hall of India
Royal Over-Seas League
Over-Seas House
6 Park Place
St James’s Street
London SW1A 1LR

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Brexit and the Union

With the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, MLA

22nd May 2017

Arlene Foster

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First Minister of Northern Ireland (2015 - 2017)

Arlene Foster Speaking to the Bruges Group

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Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, MLA
Is the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, which is now supporting the Conservative minority Government and First Minister of Northern Ireland (2015 - 2017). She spoke of the EU Referendum result;

“The democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom marks a new and fresh beginning for our country and I believe offers us the opportunity to build a new, hopeful, and more democratic nation.”

Arlene Foster, speaking to the Bruges Group said,

"As someone who argued for the UK to leave the EU, I am prepared to be flexible about the precise terms and timings. I am more interested in getting the best deal for Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole than I am in some doctrine or dogma. By far the best way to achieve this is to get a Stormont Executive up and running as quickly as possible.

"It is a simple and indisputable fact that by far the most important Union for the people of Northern Ireland economically is the Union with Great Britain but that need not come at the cost of artificially or intentionally harming the economic and cultural ties that cross the border. For once, there need not be a winner and a loser. The Republic of Ireland needs a good outcome to these negotiations every bit as much as we do and I believe there is a shared objective between the UK and the Republic to get the right deal."

Gallery

Flickr Gallery 22nd May 2017

Address of Event

The Shelburne Room of:
The Lansdowne Club
9 Fitzmaurice Place
Mayfair
London W1J 5JD

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From Bruges to Maastricht to Brexit

Buffet Dinner with Wine

A Celebration of the Independence Movement

Tuesday, 6th December 2016
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Scroll down for the video.

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Dr Andrew Roberts, FRHistS FRSL is a historian, journalist and broadcaster. As well as appearing regularly on British television and radio, Andrew Roberts writes for The Sunday Telegraph and reviews history books and biographies for that newspaper as well as The Spectator. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Amongst others he is the author of The Storm of War, a look at the Second World War covering historical factors such as Hitler's rise to power and the organisation of Nazi Germany. Other works include Eminent Churchillians, Salisbury: Victorian Titan, Napoleon and Wellington and , a novel which he has described as "a dystopian vision of what Britain might turn into if it became a minor of a vast protectionist, illiberal, politically correct." Andrew Roberts is also a member of the Bruges Group’s Academic Advisory Council. 

This special reception was to celebrate the Brexit victory and put it in its historical context of the long battle over many decades to restore our sovereignty. This started with Margret Thatcher’s Bruges Speech. She exposed the folly of European centralisation and instead advocated a Europe of democratic, decentralised nationstates. It is impossible to overstate the importance of Margaret Thatcher’s Bruges Speech, where she outlined her alternative vision for Britain and Europe. Its effect was dramatic on the debate over Britain’s future relations with the fast accelerating process of European integration. The Prime Minister’s speech was one of vision, clarity and foreboding. With chilling accuracy she predicted the dangers of European integration. Next the Maastricht rebels took up the gauntlet. Their bold sacrifice, defying the government over the Maastricht Treaty, which provided the framework for European government and the establishment of the eurozone, showed to the country the dangers of EU centralisation, the full implications of which are being played out today. Public opinion was coming our way, the genie was out. Brexit was the inevitable consequence.
 

The full video of the speeches and the Q&A is below.

The Video

Gallery

Flickr Gallery 6th December 2016

Special Guest Speaker

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Andrew Roberts

Address of Event

The Shelburne Room of:
The Lansdowne Club
9 Fitzmaurice Place
Mayfair
London W1J 5JD

Map of Event