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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The euro - in their own words

  • "When the euro was born everyone knew that sooner or later a crisis would occur... "We are therefore at a crossroads. The only alternative to greater co-ordination of economic policies is dissolution of the euro." — Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission, Financial Times 20th May 2010
  • "It will be the first time Europe will have its own currency and the first time we have achieved such a result without arms." — Yves-Thibault de Silguy, EU Monetary Affairs Commissioner, The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 1999.
  • "The Euro is a conquest of sovereignty. It gives us a margin of manoeuvre. It's a tool to help us master globalisation and help us resist irrational shifts in the market." — Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French Finance Minister, The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 1999.
  • "Economic and Monetary Union is one of the most far-reaching and momentous steps of the European Union exercise." — Charlie McReevy, Irish Finance Minister, The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 1999.
  • "From now on, monetary policy, usually an essential part of national sovereignty, will be decided by a truly European institution." — Wim Duisenburg, President of the European Central Bank, The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 1999.
  • "It [the Euro] is a decisive step towards ever closer political and institutional union in Europe. Above all, it is political." — Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian Finance Minister, The Daily Telegraph, 1st January 1999.