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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.
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30th Anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's Bruges Speech (2)

Gala dinner celebrating the Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher

A unique opportunity to celebrate Lady Thatcher and her seminal speech. Her boldness in and strength of purpose in discussions with the EU sets a standard we can follow to this day.

Thursday, 25th October 2018 - From 6.30pm
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In 1988 Lady Thatcher, as Prime Minister famously said to  the College of Europe in Bruges; “We have not successfully  rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see  them reimposed at a European level, with a European  super state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

It is time for the principles so eloquently set out by Lady Thatcher 30 years ago to be embraced.


AGENDA
Sparkling Reception: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Three Course Dinner (including wine): 7.45pm - 9.15pm
Speeches: From 9.15pm

DRESS CODE: Lounge Suit

 

Special Guest Speaker

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Sir Bill Cash MP

Address of Event

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

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Brexit: the Future

The challenge, the opportunities and delivering a real Brexit

Tuesday, 19th June 2018
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With the speakers;
Nadine Dorries MP
Member of Parliament for Mid Bedfordshire, novelist and broadcaster
Graham Stringer MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Blackley and Broughton and scientist
&
Dr Ruth Lea
Author, economist and broadcaster

Videos

Nadine Dorries MP
Graham Stringer MP
Dr Ruth Lea

The Speakers

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Nadine Dorries MP
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Graham Stringer MP

Address of Event

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

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30th Anniversary Dinner of Margaret Thatcher's Bruges Speech

Gala dinner celebrating the Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher

A unique opportunity to celebrate Lady Thatcher and her seminal speech. Her boldness in and strength of purpose in discussions with the EU sets a standard we can follow to this day.

Thursday, 25th October 2018

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Speech
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In 1988 Lady Thatcher, as Prime Minister famously said to  the College of Europe in Bruges; “We have not successfully  rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see  them reimposed at a European level, with a European  super state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

It is time for the principles so eloquently set out by Lady Thatcher 30 years ago to be embraced.
“That such an unnecessary and irrational project as building a European superstate was ever embarked upon will seem in future years to be perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era. And that Britain, with her traditional strengths and global destiny, should ever have been part of it will appear a political error of historic magnitude.”
The Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, FRS
 
Sir Bill Cash MP said;

"Margaret Thatcher’s legacy on European affairs is a master class in how to protect and advance the United Kingdom’s national interest.  It was emphatically not to cave in as a supplicant the European Union, as she so brilliantly demonstrated in her handling of the EU rebate.  She faced down the Germans and the French at Fontainebleau and refused to accept the craven advice of her Civil Servants.  Winning the rebate is as much of a part of her UK political legacy as was the Bruges speech itself.  In this she was uncompromising and crystal clear.

"She demonstrated that ‘over the centuries we have fought to prevent Europe from falling under the dominance of a single power.  We have fought and we have died for her freedom’.  She rejected the idea that the European institutions should ‘suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the centre of a European conglomerate’.

"As has so often been repeated, she also said ‘we have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European superstate…’

"Lady Thatcher’s Bruges speech was a clarion call for change in the European project.  She called for political courage ‘and for Europe open to enterprise’ and a Europe ‘open to the world’.  She called for Europe to ‘maintain a sure defence through NATO’.  She rejected the prospect of new treaties. 

"Her speech was a watershed in its time, since when the underlining thrust of her approach and her policy has moved on, together with her support for a referendum on our membership of the European Union, for which she voted in the last months of her membership of the House of Commons.  After that, she committed herself, year on year to the cause of those who realised that we could no longer remain a member of the European Union.  I am certain from my profound knowledge of her thinking that she would have been in the vanguard of those voting to leave the European Union and to restore, once and for all, with no shilly-shallying, our democratic self-government.  She would never have acquiesced in the guidelines prescribed for the negotiations by the EU, and she would never have accepted the acquiescent ideas and policies which permeate the Chequers proposals."

The Speakers

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Sir Bill Cash MP

Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of Bruges
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Barry Legg

Maastricht Rebel and Chairman of the Bruges Group

Venue

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

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Brexit, Trade and Real Independence from the EU

Working against a faux Brexit

Wednesday, 18th July 2018
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The speakers;
Rt Hon Nigel Dodds MP
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party MPs
&
Professor Patrick Minford, CBE
Chairman, Economists for Free Trade 

Videos

Rt Hon Nigel Dodds MP
Professor Patrick Minford CBE
Questions and Answers

The Speakers

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Rt Hon Nigel Dodds MP

Address of Event

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

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Bruges Group Conference

Brexit or Bust

Working for real independence from the EU

Saturday, 10th November 2018

Videos

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Evening Session

The Speakers

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Evening Session

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Andrew Bridgen MP
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Tim Congdon CBE
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Shanker Singham
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Rt Hon. Mark Francois MP
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David Campbell Bannerman MEP

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Martin Howe QC
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Dr Gerard Lyons
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Professor Anthony Coughlan

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Ewen Stewart

 
 
Biographies of the Speakers
 
Rt Hon. Mark Francois MP is the Member of Parliament for Rayleigh and Wickford. He was Shadow Minister for Europe, 2007 – 2010, and then served as Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household until 2012 when Mark was appointed Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans. From 2013 he was Minister of State for the Armed Forces. From 2015 to 2016 Mark served as a Minister in the Department for Communities.
 
Shanker Singham is the Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit (ITCU) of the Institute of Economic Affairs which focuses on Brexit. Shanker is a UK and US citizen and a trade and competition lawyer as well as an author and adviser to governments and companies. He has previously worked with governments and companies around the world on market opening and transition issues.
 
Andrew Bridgen MP is a Conservative Member of Parliament and businessman. He is a longterm critic of the European Union and supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum. His political interest include Business and enterprise, civil liberties, law and order, and the armed forces. In July 2018, Andrew wrote a letter of no confidence in relation to Theresa May.
 
Martin Howe QC is a leading barrister in the fields of intellectual property and EU law. He was called to the bar in 1978 and became a QC in 1996. He is Chairman of Lawyers for Britain which supports the British people’s decision to leave the European Union and take back control of our laws, our courts, our money and our borders.
 
Ewen Stewart is Consulting Director of Global Britain. He is the founding Director of Walbrook Economics which specialises in advising professional investors including institutions, hedge funds and wealth managers on their investment strategies. Ewen is the author of the Bruges Group book Britain’s Global Leadership: The positive future for a UK outside the EU.
 
Professor Patrick Minford CBE is the Chairman, Economists for Free Trade. He is Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School, part of the University of Wales. Patrick is the author of The Cost of Europe, and Should Britain Leave the EU?: An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship. Professor Minford is also a member of the Bruges Group’s Academic Advisory Council.
 
Tim Congdon CBE is one of Britain’s leading economic commentators and advised a Chancellor of the Exchequer on economic policy.  He is also the author of the Bruges Group publication, The City of London Under Threat: The EU and its attack on Britain’s most successful industry. Professor Congdon is a member of the Bruges Group’s Academic Advisory Council. Tim will speak on ‘Britain, the Anglosphere and the Eurozone - our long-term future after Brexit?’
 
Dr Anthony Coughlan is Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He is one of the Republic of Ireland’s leading EU-critics. Tony Coughlan was also chairman / coordinator of the TEAM international network of EU critical bodies. Professor Coughlan will speak on the issue of the Irish backstop.
 
Dr Gerard Lyons was the co-founder of ‘Economists for Brexit’ and played a leading role in the Brexit referendum. Gerard was the Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. He is a widely cited economic forecaster. He has repeatedly been awarded “top forecaster” by the Sunday Times. And was ranked by Bloomberg as the number one global forecaster in 2010 and 2011.
 
David Campbell Bannerman MEP is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, having previously sat for the UK Independence Party. He served as UKIP deputy leader from 2006 until 2010. David was Co-Chairman of Conservatives for Britain and is the author of Time to Jump.

Address of Event

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

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