positive future for a UK outside the EU
The Bruges Group firmly believes that we need to reframe the debate to
focus on the positives that Britain poses, in particular our excellent global
links, higher education, to the City of London and technical brilliance in
manufacturing. The UK, when freed from the restraints of the EU, has numerous
attributes. Quite simply we do not have to be governed by Brussels to secure
our prosperity, in fact far from it. As things stand Britain, being subsumed
within the EU, is punching below its weight. We want this countryís potential
to be fulfilled. Establishing the confidence that we need will be an important
part of this. This booklet makes this positive case. Members of the Bruges
Group will receive this research for free
The Bruges Group is a think-tank which holds meetings, lobbies and produces
research on issues relating to Britainís 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
UKís 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.