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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From Bruges to Maastricht to Brexit

Buffet Dinner with Wine

A Celebration of the Independence Movement

Tuesday, 6th December 2016
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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

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Flickr Gallery 6th December 2016

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Andrew Roberts

Address of Event

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

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