afraid to ask
This book explores the EU including explaining key issues to do with
Britain and its European Union membership. It is a useful and user-friendly
study that includes explaining the costs, the benefits, why the EU is
supported, how it works and why it has the policies it does. The choices for
Britain are also looked at, such as can the EU be reformed as are the issues
of how Britain can leave the EU, the way out and the implications of
withdrawal. The alternatives to the EU are also examined.
Everything you wanted to know about the EU will tell you what you
need to know to navigate your way through the debate that has seized the
nation’s airwaves. A debate that will only become louder and more complex as
the referendum approaches.
Published by Bretwalda Books
The Norway Option|
Re-joining EFTA as an alternative to membership of the European Union
Norway, as a member of the EEA – outside of the EU but with influence over
it in exchange for some obligations - is often dismissed as lacking in
influence, taking its orders from the EU in what is known as “fax democracy”.
As this report demonstrates, though, that is a wanton distortion of the true
situation. Norway has far more autonomy and influence, and for a relatively
small country, it punches massively above its weight. As an independent
country, using the “Norway Option”, the UK could do likewise
Saying 'No' to
the Single Market|
Rejecting the EU's regulatory instrument
The political establishment now mainly defends our membership of the
European Union on the grounds that to leave the Single Market would be a
disaster for us economically. EU membership is not a prerequisite for access
to the Single Market. Switzerland and Norway which are outside of the EU,
export more in relation to their GDPs and per capita than the UK does.
Furthermore, both China and the USA each export more to the EU than the UK
does and without having their economies burdened by costly EU regulation
said they would prefer Britain to leave the EU and join EFTA|
Opinion Poll on an alternative to the EU
A majority of voters would prefer the UK to be a member of the European
Free Trade Association (EFTA) as opposed to the EU, according to a new survey
published by the Bruges Group. Of those expressing a preference in the survey,
a clear 71% said that Britain would be better off as a member of the trade
group EFTA, as opposed to 29% who thought that Britain should remain a member
of the EU
EFTA or EU? Qs &
What is the best option , or best options, for Britain trading with EU
A number of questions have been raised about the EFTA/EEA alternative to EU
membership, the so-called 'Norway option'. This paper is in a Qs & As style,
and seeks to answer those good questions
Who are the best and worst MPs
The Bruges Group has ranked Members of Parliament according to their voting
in the House of Commons. You can check how they voted on the key EU related
issues that came before them and see who are the genuine Eurosceptics and who
are Europhile. You can also let your Member of Parliament know what you think
of their voting record.
Is your MP one of the best or one of the worst
The Bruges Group is a think-tank which holds meetings, lobbies and produces
research on issues relating to Britain’s membership of the European Union. Our
Founder President was the Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher
Since our foundation in 1989, following on from the Bruges speech made by the
then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the Group has produced ground-breaking
research on issues relating to; the cost of the EU, payments to the EU,
immigration, the euro, the EU and the environment and EU corruption.
The Bruges Group also comments upon the many EU institutions, such as the
Brussels bureaucracy which includes; the European Commission, the European
Court of Justice, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. These
European institutions, and their bureaucrats, produce directives and
regulations which are a burden upon businesses and the economy.
Through its work against the treaties which establish and govern the
functioning of the European Union the Bruges Group spearheads the intellectual
battle against European integration, EU federalism, centralisation and
enlargement. The Bruges Group continues to consider issues relating to the
UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the need to restore British sovereignty and
democracy. As such there should be a referendum on the EU.
The Group often comments on the Conservative Party and Europe; which remains
a contentious issue for the government.