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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A European Supra-National Identity

Luke Stanley


There is presently no European identity, nor the necessary pre-conditions for a European identity to be fostered in the near future. So where does this leave the future of the European Union? Without a mandate from the peoples of Europe, through a European identity, further European integration will be resisted.

The European Union cannot simply glue together twenty seven historically unique states overnight, after thousands of years of history have shaped the individual cultures of each state. If political integration is to be continued without popular support, in the form of a European identity, then Eurosceptic member states such as the United Kingdom, will continue to oppose membership.

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