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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Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter is CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a UK manufacturer exporting 89% of its output to 108 countries. He is a former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army and a Graduate and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Durham, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Eng...ineers and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Royal Institute for International Affairs, Royal Society of Asian Affairs and the Royal United Services Institute. Carl is a Council Member of the British Marine Equipment Association and the Maritime Defence & Security Group. His interests are in Physics, International Business, Parliament and the Constitution, South Asia, International & Strategic Affairs, Defence, the British Commonwealth and bringing UK Scientists into business. Carl lives in London and Somerset in England, travels extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been married for 28 years to Dorothy and a Father of four Children. More

Let us exercise forbearance: Northern Ireland, the Belfast Agreement, EU Exit and Rejecting a Second Referendum

Northern Ireland defined my understanding of my country for me. It was where I learned suffering can too easily be the consequence of a single kinetic act; of the delight and the joy of my regiment that comes from exercising the forbearance that Lord Saville described so well. He is the only man I know outside my regiment who observed it, though we...
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We Wish Europe Well

This moment in our country's history offers us the opportunity for national renewal. As we extricate ourselves from the institutions of a European Union which have done so much to make us reflect on our own Parliament and our need for sovereignty, it is also worth reflecting on how, once we leave, we can leave in a state of grace, wishing the EU we...
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Matching the Inconsolable with the Irreconcilable

The reaction of Tusk and Macron at Salzburg is the matching of the Inconsolable with the Irreconcilable. French President Emmanuel Macron said Brexit had been "pushed by certain people who predicted easy solutions". He added, "Brexit has shown us one thing - and I fully respect British sovereignty in saying this - it has demonstrated that those who...
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I am troubled by the constant insistence that we subscribe to the ongoing notion that we need a security relationship with Europe,... Read More
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“Global Britain” - How industry is part of this bright future

"I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." So said Ronald Reagan during the 1984 presidential debates when asked if, at 73, he was too old to be President. We might make the following quip about our country, where once flag followed trade, trade now follo...
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Our Parliamentarians Distinguish Us – For They Are Us

Next year we leave the European Union and at that time the spotlight of our nation will fall upon Parliament and our Parliamentarians. For whatever the reasons given by our people for their judgement at the Referendum, all of those division eventually find their source in Parliament. The spotlight on our exit will illuminate it. What will our peopl...
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India - a 400 Year Business and Strategic Relationship

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I wish to write of India and of the opportunity between the UK and India, the changing relationship between HMG and UK Business that will enable it and of changing strategies within HMG that will advantage the UK in its trading and strategic relationship with India on EU Exit. A company can be defined as the sum of the individuals within it. My aim...
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London Hopes and London Matters

"Don't follow the crowd. Let the crowd follow you." So said Baroness Thatcher. We have a tremendous opportunity to support hard-working Conservative Councillor candidates across London at next month's election. And for those candidates an opportunity to illuminate our people as to the reason we exist as a party too. In attributing possible electora...
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Sovereignty Matters

​ I met a young man from Ireland this weekend. An undergraduate. Keen to "respect" the result of our Referendum for sovereignty. But certain that the price for it would be to make the UK "poorer". Keen to impress too that Ireland's prosperity was implicitly linked to EU membership and astonishingly accepting of it as an undemocratic institution. Ho...
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EU Exit, the Transition Period and Emerging Light

At a meeting of British business leaders this week an Ambassador of an ASEAN country remarked, "I want the British to come to my country. When we look at the world we compare ourselves as a former French colony to our neighbouring and former British colonies. The difference is very clear. The British took something but left everything. The French t...
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EU Exit - A Customary Moment of British Divide in Preparation for Unity

Author: Dr. Carl Hunter​ We see EU Exit as a moment of great divide. Some of damage, others of hope. All however see it as something of great significance. And it is. Though perhaps not as great as we like to think, and when it comes and passes, something that enabled us to have a new country. We will have the time to reflect on who we were, are no...
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The United Kingdom Can Create Two Special Relationships

The United Kingdom Can Create Two Special Relationships
Politics creates its own "gravity" to use modern coinage. That can attract the body-politic to consume itself on issues that distract from a higher national and international mission. It generates a tendency to avoid confronting "drift" and leads to a certain focus downwards, often "tactical" or operational at best, but strategic it is not. Our peo...
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