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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.
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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Bruges Group Blog

Spearheading the intellectual battle against the EU. And for new thinking in international affairs.

Giving up Control

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First published in The Critic by David Scullionhttps://thecritic.co.uk/no-escape-for-britain-brexit/After concluding the latest round of Brexit talks, the UK's chief negotiator David Frost said, 'considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas' and that on the sticking point of fisheries the EU has failed to understand that the UK position are...
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The Complicated Politics of CANZUK in Canada

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In the aftermath of the British exit from the EU, the concept of CANZUK, a largely economic alliance between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, all of which have the monarchy, the same common law systems, and parliamentary democracy, among others. However, the question remains, what has stopped these four countries, throughout ...
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Deal or No Deal

Noel-Edmunds
Brexit may have gone quiet lately in the mainstream media, but between now and the end of October will be critical. Remain have been defeated in trying to keep us in the EU, their plans for a 'People's Vote' have been defeated, and their attempts to extend the transition period have been defeated. Their last hope is that between now and October our...
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Revoking EU Students’ Home Fee Status is a Great Sign of post-Brexit Britain’s Commitment to Equality

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The week before last, the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, announced that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be granted home fee status and access to student loans at universities in England from 2021. While the move should not have come as any real shock to those properly following the Brexit saga, the decision has bee...
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Sir Bill Cash: Where We're at With Brexit

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Having experienced the entire process of leaving the EU since the Maastricht rebellion, through to the passing of the sovereignty clause, Section 38 of the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020, including the result of the referendum itself, I am thoroughly aware that there must be no ECJ jurisdiction after 31 December 2020.The Governme...
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On the Level Playing Field

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Roland VaubelProfessor emeritus of EconomicsUniversitaet MannheimGermanyMr. Barnier seems to misunderstand the argument for maintaining a level playing field. The laws of a country, above all, ought to reflect the preferences of its people. It follows that the laws ought to differ between countries if, and to the extent that, the preferences of the...
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Fisheries and the Brexit Negotiations

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Every year the International Council for the for the Exploration of the Sea and the European Union's Scientific, Technical and Economic Council for Fisheries make a suggestion of what the TAC should be for each stock. A stock of fish refers to a "particular species of fish caught in a particular geographic area". The European Commission drafts a pr...
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The Brexit Transition Period Won't be Extended and Rightly So

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On Friday the European Commission admitted that the Brexit transition period will not be extended, and that Britain must now prepare to police the border in the Irish Sea. In a meeting of the joint committee on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, Michael Gove told Maros Sefcovic, a vice-president for the commission, that the UK wou...
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Brexit Cannot Afford to be Delayed Again

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 ​By Alex JohnsonIt is often said that all good things come to those who wait. Whilst patience is indeed a virtue, it is not always a profitable one. With the Brexit negotiations deadline being the 31st December this year and with enough delays already being made since the 2016 referendum, time is running short. When one realises that it has b...
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The UK-EU Trade Talks – Why The Pandemic Has Changed Everything

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By Victor Hill, first published on Master Investor   The UK-EU Trade Talks – Why the pandemic has changed everything - Master Investor ​By Victor Hill https://masterinvestor.co.uk/economics/the-uk-eu-trade-talks-why-the-pandemic-has-changed-everything/ The Road to No Deal While Europe and the world have been monopolised by the Covid-19 pa...
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Margaret Thatcher - The Heroine of Brexit

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Margaret Thatcher's Bruges Speech to the College of Europe in September 1988 - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqv8HF84EOs&t=1s The Bruges Group was set up in 1989 in honour of one speech, a now landmark address made by our then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to the College of Europe on 20th September 1988 on the 'Future of Europe'. L...
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The UK and UN: Re-evaluating International Relations

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There has been a telling change recently in the language used to describe the current status of the UK. Both Leavers and Remainers have dropped the pretence that Brexit happened on 31st January and are now openly referring to the 31st December as the date when the UK leaves the EU. While 31st January was the symbolic exit, the country has not in fa...
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We Aren't Out of the Woods Yet

The absence of a pan-European fiscal union combined with the departure of the United Kingdom have left European finances is disarray. This has been exacerbated by a crisis that has sown divisions in a frail union with poorer states demanding that richer countries foot the bill to save the Union. When Germany's constitutional court questioned t...
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Das Ende?

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Almost four years after we voted to leave the European Union (EU), Boris Johnson delivered on his promise to 'GET BREXIT DONE'. Little did we know at the time (on 31st January 2020) that the year was going to bring its own woes, which are now threatening to bring down the European dream of unity, solidarity, and borderless territory. In addition to...
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The Government Split Over Free Trade Deals - Cabinet Fear of a BRINO Coup

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Originally published in The Critic by David Scullion https://thecritic.co.uk/the-government-split-over-free-trade/ The Government is committed to signing Free Trade deals. The Conservative Party's 2019 manifesto said as much, and added: "Our trade deals will not only be free but fair". The UK has just started trade talks with the United S...
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A Longer Brexit Transition is Pointless, Dangerous, and Plays Straight into Mr Barnier’s Hands

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First published by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Daily Telegraph https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/05/06/longer-brexit-transition-pointless-dangerous-plays-straight/Sir Nick Clegg is right. The terms of the Brexit transition are intolerable. They were bad for one year. The arrangement becomes progressively more dangerous over time.Bri...
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There's No Need For a Brexit Extension

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First of all, may I say congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds who announced the birth of a healthy baby boy this morning, just after 10 am. It emerged last week that Britain would neither apply for, nor accept an extension, if offered, to the Brexit transition period from the EU. In his briefings, Chancellor Rishi Sunak set the r...
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Why the EU's COVID-19 Response is Ineffective

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COVID-19: The Exposure of the EU's Failings - Bruges Group Blog By Ethan Thoburn  https://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/covid-19-the-exposure-of-the-eu-s-failings The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health emergency that in less than 6 months has brought the entire world to a screeching halt. From the deserted streets of Milan to a state of total loc...
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Why Brexit Shouldn't be Delayed any Further

Due to current global events everything is changing. For the people of the United Kingdom, this means that there is a very real chance that the incredibly important Brexit deadline could unfortunately be delayed. An idea entertained in 2013, voted on in 2016 and finally realised earlier this year, the UK is still far from being really free from the...
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3 Reasons to Believe in a Positive Future post-Brexit

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Since the Eurozone crisis nearly a decade ago, the dysfunction of European governments has long been a point of contention for the United Kingdom. Even as it's Mediterranean partners; Greece, Spain and Portugal descended into a depression, most European leaders seemed indecisive and undecided on a suitable course of action. Now with more than ...
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Lots of Huffing and Puffing

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There is a lot of huff and puff today because the European Union failed to agree on a rescue package – there will be no bonds to bail out the superstructure and worst they have had to resort to accepting junk bonds as collateral because Italy will be downgraded. They cannot afford to lose the United Kingdom's budgetary contribution. The European Un...
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Brexit's Impact on International Shipping

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The UK has been a leading shipping hub, and its EU membership has profoundly enhanced its role in trade. However, on 29nth March 2017, the UK submitted its willingness to withdraw from the UE operations (Brexit), meaning that it will now become the third party according to the EU rules. Shipping will be one of the greatly affected sectors sinc...
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In Remembrance of Our Greatest Peacetime Leader Margaret Thatcher: 13th October 1925 - 8th April 2013

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Margaret Thatcher's Bruges Speech, 1988 on The Bruges Group YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqv8HF84EOs Today marks the death of our greatest peacetime leader, Margaret Thatcher, a woman who defined British politics for more than a generation. Elected as the first female leader of any major political party in the UK in 1975, su...
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COVID-19: The Exposure of the EU's Failings

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Just yesterday, the EU's President of the European Research Council, Mauro Ferrari, resigned over the EU's failure to act on his advice to set up a large scale, EU wide programme to combat COVID-19. Professor Ferrari only began the role at the turn of the year and submitted his resignation to the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen...
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A People's Budget By a People's Government

Rishi-Sunak
Last Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, celebrated 28 days in Number 11, following Sajid Javid's resignation, by presenting his budget to the House. This budget delivered by the Richmond MP is arguably the most favourable budget since the days of Nigel Lawson standing at the dispatch box outlining his financial forecasts and s...
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Globalisation: The God That Failed

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Analysis by Prof MLR Smith & Dr Niall McCraeBefore the coronavirus pandemic, who knew that the country with the largest Chinese diaspora in Europe is Italy? The leather sofa in many a British living room may have arrived with the label 'Made in Italy' but was quite possibly sewn by Chinese hands in the employ of a Chinese company. Let us explai...
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Ben Habib: The Brexit Barometer

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I would like to share with you the speech and presentation I made at The Bruges Group annual conference in London on the 7th March.Whilst the UK officially left the EU on 31 January, it remains in its Single Market [paying some £1 billion (net) a month], its Customs Union and subject to the supremacy of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJE...
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Andrea Jenkyns: Brexit Means a Truly Global Britain

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Andrea Jenkyns MP speech to The Bruges Group annual conference - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMXpkxsAW20 On Saturday 7th March, we were hugely honoured to be addressed by Deputy Chair of the ERG, Andrea Jenkyns MP, at our annual conference. Andrea is a staunch Brexiteer and friend of The Bruges Group, she was a more than vocal critic of...
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Post Brexit Priorities

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Boris Johnson and the Conservatives winning a more than impressive 365 seats last December, it gives the PM a working majority, something we haven't seen since the close of the Blair/Brown era.It is fair to say that the next step of Brexit will soon be taken; having left the EU further delays for implementation legislation were not tolerated. But w...
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Rise of the New Trade Unions

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In Quentin Lett's estimable tome, 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain (2009), there was one surprising entry for a writer of such conservative leanings: Margaret Thatcher. The rationale for inclusion was her government's aggressive attitudes towards trades unions, especially the rough handling of striking miners at Orgreave in 1984, along with her lo...
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Brexit Party MEP: 'Boris' Deal is NOT Brexit'

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This article was initially published on BrexitCentral ​https://brexitcentral.com/why-the-brexit-party-maintains-that-boris-johnsons-deal-is-not-brexit/ ​by Brexit Party MEP, Ben Habib Ben Habib believes there is an "understandable desire amongst many Brexiteers to accept Boris Johnson's deal". Everyone is battle weary, but it is prec...
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Guest — Coram Deo
PETITION: WE DEMAND A CONSERVATIVE & BREXIT PARTY LEAVE ALLIANCE The refusal of the Tories and the Brexit Party to do a deal puts ... Read More
Thursday, 07 November 2019 20:47
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Flawed Outcome is a Tolerable Price to Pay for Our Freedom

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Initially published in The Daily Telegraph by Martin Howe QC, Chairman of Lawyers for Britainhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/10/18/flawed-outcome-tolerable-price-pay-freedom/ First, the positives. Boris Johnson's deal is miles better than Theresa May's ghastly capitulation. The Northern Ireland backstop protocol in the Withdrawal Agr...
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The Loopholes of the Surrender Act

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​As I assume you know, the Benn Act, or more commonly known as the Surrender Act, isn't the most well thought out piece of legislation, as lined out by Chair of Lawyers for Britain Martin Howe QC at The Bruges Group 'Moment of Truth' event in Manchester during Conservative Party conference. This article will outline the loopholes that Boris Johnson...
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Guest — william spring
William Spring criticises the current reporting on the UK constitutional crisis. “Sky in particular has been presenting the issue ... Read More
Monday, 21 October 2019 21:21
Guest — sebastian handley
Hi Robert, you may be interested in this blog: https://theblueanchor.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/why-johnson-should-ignore-the-benn-... Read More
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:08
Guest — Guest
Two other options: Boris can withdraw any extension request, and fight the prerogative case in court by which time exit day might... Read More
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:42
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The Revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration: a briefing note

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The Revised Political DeclarationIntroductionSo far as we are aware the only material changes in the Withdrawal Agreement (Treaty) are to the NI Protocol, which means that the critical ECJ oversight and Art 184 link to the Political Declaration remain. I am told by UKREP that there are two changes to other Articles in the Treaty but they were unabl...
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Guest — Geoffrey Bastin
Boris Johnson has done what he was employed to do and that is save the Tory Party. His so-called agreement is nothing of the sort... Read More
Thursday, 17 October 2019 21:59
Guest — StolenFrom
Shocking that the ERG would even consider this treaty. It was obvious that the Conservatives couldn't be trusted with Brexit.... Read More
Thursday, 17 October 2019 22:08
Guest — Mike
The Bruge Group is going to need to do a much better and faster job publicising this analysis if they hope to influence the result... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2019 06:46
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Statement from Barry Legg, Chairman of The Bruges Group on the Withdrawal Agreement

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The Bruges Group is opposed to the acceptance by Parliament of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration which has been released today.The Bruges Group has always put the highest priority in maintaining the integrity of the United Kingdom. This agreement provides for a different status for Northern Ireland and therefore has the potential t...
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Guest — Will Podmore
Quite right, thank you.
Friday, 18 October 2019 13:35
Guest — Adam Hiley
if Boris Johnson tries to sneak in Theresa May's nonsensical Withdrawal Deal He will deserve to be thrashed at the inevitable Gene... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2019 20:17
Guest — Heather
So why is Bill Cash saying they will vote for it, very confused?
Saturday, 19 October 2019 19:57
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The Summary of a Judicial Crisis

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​On 28 August Gina Miller applied for judicial review of the decision to prorogue Parliament, seeking a declaration of the court that the Prime Minister's decision to tender this advice was unlawful. On 6 September, the High Court of England and Wales granted Ms Miller permission to bring the application but then unanimously dismissed the claim.The...
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Boris' Brexit Options

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Initially published on 13th September and updated on 26th September With the Brexit pea soup not looking any clearer whatsoever, Boris Johnson's hopes of an early general election are fading by the minute as I type this and of course Parliament being prorogued from the evening of Monday 9th September until 14th October. It's interesting to see...
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Guest — Coram Deo
PUTTING BREXIT OFF - OR BEING PUT OFF BREXIT The proper way to manage Brexit for the UK also will benefit the organisation that re... Read More
Friday, 13 September 2019 22:15
Guest — Coram Deo
GUY VERHOFSTADT - TOASTING TO A PROLONGED BREXIT - LAUGHING AT THE UK video - 30 seconds Video of the main EU federalist Guy Verho... Read More
Friday, 13 September 2019 22:52
Guest — Coram Deo
SPIKED: THIS ROTTEN PARLIAMENT audio - 29 minutes 7 seconds Parliament, legal challenges and No Deal. Brendan O’Neill, Ella Whelan... Read More
Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:50
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Dominic Grieve: The Legal Profession’s Cheerleader

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It often thought that lobbying, the professional representation of private interests to governments and subsequent attempts to influence policy, was confined to industrial-like political powerhouses of Washington D.C., the capital of the free world, and Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union. In the US, the currency within lobbying is...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
binlabour.com bin the Labour Party website
Saturday, 14 September 2019 23:02
Guest — Adam Hiley
Grieve and co must be thrown out of Parliament into the dock of a Parliament and into Prison for their treachery eutruth.org... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:00
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Brexit - the moment of truth

Leaving the EU Brexit Hub Monday, 30th September 20191pm until 2.30pmWith the speakers; Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MPFormer Secretary of State and serving Privy CounsellorRt Hon. Arlene Foster, MLALeader of the Democratic Unionist PartyRt Hon. Mark Francois MPEuropean Research Group& Martin Howe QCLawyers for BritainAGENDASpeeches and press confer...
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Suzanne Bhayro
Excellent, but sadly not convenient for travel. Will you be holding further meetings in other parts of the country? I live in Devo... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:50
Robert Oulds
Certainly, most of our meetings are usually in London. Thanks for your kind words and support, these are very much appreciated.... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 16:29
Guest — Robb
As usual, in London. Bit of a hike for me from my home in Wiltshire. London seems to be where its at and we folks tend to feel a b... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 22:22
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Interview with Alice Grant: 'Why People Support Brexit Series'

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​Over the past three or so years, us Brexiteers have been labelled with all sorts of names such as fascists and racists, among others. There is an ever-growing perception that we are all over 80, own grand estates and are on the far-right wing of the political spectrum; let me tell you we are not! I have spoken to people from all backgrou...
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Guest — Ed Everett
Good, well written article Ethan- good to hear so much directly from someone who is so active and against stereotype. Somehow it d... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2019 07:11
Guest — Richard
A really dull article - just a standard right-wing viewpoint that's been aired a million time before? If you're ring-wing you'll a... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:47
Guest — Adam Hiley
Mrs Thatcher don't get leaders like Her anymore only mediocrities like Corbyn Swinson Starmer Grieve etc
Saturday, 19 October 2019 16:52
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The Brexit Speeches

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 The following article and above PDF are speeches by Richard Tice MEP for the Brexit Party and also property businessman; Swedish-British billionaire businessman Johan Eliasch who is CEO of sportswear giant Head; Sir John Nott the former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry then Defence under Margaret Thatcher; Peter Lilley the former Sec...
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Guest — Peter Railton
An excellent series that identifies the real mirage of European integration, but can't we also refer to the demolition of our Moto... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2019 12:26
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Scottish Independence: SNP Are Just 'Yes Men' For the EU

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The Scottish National Party's minority administration in Edinburgh is trying to contribute to the attempt to foil Brexit and the struggle to achieve sovereignty and independence for the whole of Britain. But it's not doing well…While efforts in the British parliament to halt our exit from the EU are being roundly defeated, pro-EU fervour has contin...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
never underestimate the stupidity of Sturgeon & Her boneheaded party there is no chance of Independence that is what My friends in... Read More
Friday, 02 August 2019 13:01
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An Existential Crisis: We Are Threatened by a Parliamentary Coup

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 Sir Austen Chamberlain, speaking about Germany's violation of the Treaty of Locarno, remarked: "It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China, told me that there was a Chinese curse which took the form of saying, 'May you live in interesting times.' There is no doubt tha...
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We Can Work It Out

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 "Life is very short, and there's no time, for fussing and fighting, my friend."(John Lennon and Paul McCartney – 1965 "We Can Work It Out")We had one deadline - 29th March – for leaving the EU, which was inexplicably lost in the mists of political time. (Political time is like real time, but without reality, adherence to deadlines, or to...
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John Redwood's letter to the Attorney General about the Withdrawal Agreement

Below is John Redwood's letter to Geoffrey Cox. The Attorney General has not yet replied, and he needs to.Given the government's difficulty in replying to this, John Redwood is re-issuing it and encourage all to circulate it more widely. The conventional media refuse to ask these questions of the government and supporters of the Agreement. Dea...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
now the disastrous May is going whoever takes over e.g Boris Johnson needs to completely clear out the Cabinet of Remainers Hammo... Read More
Monday, 27 May 2019 18:07
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Nothing has changed

 As Geoffrey Cox, Attorney General, advises: there is no internationally legal means of escaping the Backstop.'The legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either party, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have ... no internationally lawful means...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
and May has the temerity to force it through Parliament the 3rd time aided & abetted by Remoaners She has to go davidmur... Read More
Saturday, 16 March 2019 19:07
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‘No deal’ is our only remaining negotiating weapon; don’t decommission it.

Approaching the Wire at the Eleventh HourI have written about Brexit for a number of months now and basically my message has been the same: keep our collective nerve and hold out for a good deal. By a 'good deal' I mean one that allows us free trade with the EU – nothing more. No shady 'backstops', no mealy-mouthed words that allow the 'reject poli...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
May has to go and a clearout of Parliament of Remoaners needs to happen No deal is still likely britishconstitutiongroup.co... Read More
Saturday, 16 March 2019 19:11
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How the "Backstop" breaches international treaties

The backstop is illegal.When speaking with international lawyers they mention a number of difficulties that the EU will discover if they actually try to implement the backstop.   The competence of the 'Withdrawal' Agreement to establish the backstop exceeds its lawful ability, it is Ultra Vires.Given indications from the President of the ...
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Guest — Adam Hiley
May has to go and soon completely incompetent the Conservative Party removed their most successful 27 years ago after Mrs Thatcher... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 23:45
Guest — Ben
Lisbon Treaty and Mays deal are illegal under the VIenna Convention on the law of treaties of 1969. Treaties made in conflict agai... Read More
Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:20
Guest — CJ
This is but the tip of the iceberg. The proposed Withdrawal Agreement is unbalanced over its lopsided commitment to EU trade agre... Read More
Monday, 11 March 2019 22:54
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John Redwood MP's Letter to Geoffrey Cox about the draft Withdrawal Agreement - published March 4 2019

Dear Geoffrey,I am glad you are seeking to replace the unacceptable Irish backstop which is written into the Withdrawal Agreement which was vetoed in the recent Commons vote.There are other features of the Withdrawal Agreement which I and other MPs cannot accept which also need attention in the national interest.Under the draft Withdrawal Agreement...
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Guest — Ditherywig
What about fisheries ? I presume the WA recovers all our stolen fishing waters and rights?
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 14:18
Guest — Iconoclast
Good letter. Sound points. Very pleased to see them being made public.
Wednesday, 06 March 2019 10:51
Guest — Andy Sloan
What about our continued ties to EU military?
Wednesday, 06 March 2019 20:51
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Perspectives on Reforming the European Union

A paper for the ECR Group of the European Parliament Brussels, Belgiumby Dr. Theodore Roosevelt MallochThis commissioned paper for the ECR Group considers perspectives on European Union reform. It starts with the Treaty of Rome and considers the basis and foundation for cooperation. It then inspects the nature and challenge of reform at this time. ...
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The Draft Withdrawal Agreement: an analysis

Analysis of Theresa May's Brexit proposal.  Can the UK claim to be an independent state? IntroductionThe current draft of the agreement "on Withdrawal of the UK from the EU and EURATOM" (the "Agreement") can be found here... https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/draft-agreement-withdrawal-united-kingdom-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-europ...
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Guest — John Hennessey
This is absurd, what exactly did she 'negotiate'?
Friday, 16 November 2018 11:13
Ariane Loening
The EU has regarded the United Kingdom as a 'third country' since July 19th with its publication of COM (2018) 556 Final Document.... Read More
Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:50
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Brexit update videos

Steve Baker MP presents five videos updating Brexit and explaining its significance:  1 - Self-government and trade 2 - The Withdrawal Agreement 3 - What is possible: the internal market vs a Free Trade Agreement  4 - What's wrong with Chequers, the Government's plan?  5 - It is time to make an advanced FTA work for the who...
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Jacob Rees-Mogg's letter to the Conservative Party constituent Chairmen with Briefing Note concerning the Chequers Deal

Letter to Conservative Party Constituency Chairmen House of Commons Westminster London SWlA 0AA 22 August 2018Dear Chairmen, When the British people voted to leave the EU over two years ago it was an act of great political courage against the prophets of doom. 17 million people voted to leave because they believed in better. They believe in Britain...
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Statement by Barry Legg - Chairman of the Bruges Group

 Contact your Member of Parliament Theresa May has decided to pursue a policy of Brexit in name only (BRINO). This arrangement will be worse than our current membership of the European Union as we will then be a vassal state.If this policy is implemented the electoral consequences for the Conservative Party will be dire. I urge all members of ...
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Guest — clive Sinclair
I have written to my MP as I frequently do and you are absolutely right indeed, please do all in your power to help any uprising i... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:05
Guest — #StopBrexit
Hard brexit is not the will of the people either. How many voted for hard brexit? How many voted for BRINO? Much less than those w... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:05
Guest — thomas hall
I was surprised that our PM Theresa May decided to go to Angela Merkel before she sat down with her cabinet. I personally feel th... Read More
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:27
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Why we must remain steadfast in our Brexit negotiations

Today Great Britain stands at a crossroads; it is here where we must decide whether we will stand strong and boldly go forward or whether we will cower before a group of unelected bureaucrats thrust out from power in their home countries. Our Brexit negotiations have featured heavily in the news recently over the Government's supposed plan to stay ...
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Guest — Paul
Why do you feel a need to negotiate an exit strategy from the EU when it is clear that it is based on void treaties which breach B... Read More
Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:09
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Brexit Compared: Estonia regains independence and USSR falls

Brexit Compared: Estonia regains independence and USSR falls
Tuesday 20th March 2018, from 1pm - 3pm How the Brexit negotiations should be handled.The man who delivered the Estonian Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1991 to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Head of the Soviet Union, advises the UK on Brexit. Location: Committee Room 20The House of CommonsWestminster London SW1A 0AA(via the Cromwell Entranc...
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Bad faith in Brussels: A warning to the UK’s Brexit negotiators

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit.
Photograph: DG EMPL, Flickr

British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government’s vision for Brexit in a speech delivered in Florence on September 22. In a bid to breathe new life into ongoing UK-EU negotiations, she presented proposals regarding the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, the length of a “transition period” after 2019, and the sum Britain might pay during that period. Rather than inspiring counterproposals or constructive criticism from EU leaders, May’s speech generated little more than the same refrain repeated from Brussels since negotiations began: that more “clarity” was needed, and that “sufficient progress” would have to be made before talks could advance. This lacklustre, somewhat apathetic EU position does not look like the result of sincere consideration of May’s proposals, or a constructive attitude towards the talks. Rather, it looks a lot more like a deliberate tactic to either prevent Brexit, or punish Britain.


Some might find this approach perplexing. After all, is it not in both parties’ interests to negotiate a mutually-beneficial outcome? Not necessarily…


To better understand Brussels’ foot-dragging in Brexit talks, it helps to understand the incentives driving it. First and foremost, the EU is a political union. Economic, social, or environmental considerations may all have contributed to the appeal of ever-closer union, but they remain secondary to the very political objective of federal statehood. Indeed, from the days of Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman at the dawn of European integration, to more the more recent mandates of José Manuel Barroso, Viviane Reding, or Guy Verhofstadt, the goal of a pan-European nation state is no secret.


Grasping that European statehood is the EU’s ultimate objective is essential for the UK government’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and his team of negotiators as they engage with their counterparts. It means that, no matter how amenable the UK is to facilitating trade or subsidizing the EU’s budget, the bottom line in Brussels remains the preservation of their political project. The win-win economic gains desired by the UK are not necessarily desired by the EU, for whom a successful Britain would signal there is no longer any economic appeal to remaining in the bloc. A strong UK economy poses an existential threat to European integration.


This explains why trade negotiations have not even begun, despite both parties already sharing near-identical norms and regulations. It is also why the EU seems in no rush to maintain access to the UK’s large consumer market, with Britons buying more from the EU than the other way around. In order to preserve the union, the EU’s only options are to ensure the UK remains inside, or fails outside.

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As ever, a reasoned and thought-provoking analysis. If you look at the joint EU Presidency plans to end-2018 (Estonia, Bulgaria ... Read More
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Brexit under threat

The Union Jack flies over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Photograph: Rian (Ree) Saunders, Flickr

With Article 50 triggered and Brexit negotiations well underway, the UK government looks like it’s carrying out the instructions it received from 17.4 million voters last summer. At best, Britain and the continent will establish a mutually advantageous trade relationship; at worst, the UK and EU will revert to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, including minor tariffs on the exchange of goods and services. In either case, it seems, the UK will regain control over its finances, its borders, and its laws –all of which are necessary to fulfill the mandate given by voters.

Nevertheless, a growing threat hangs over Brexit Britain.

In hopes of consolidating power, Prime Minister Theresa May called an election in June. Rather than expand her mandate with a comfortable majority in Parliament, May’s Conservatives lost their majority, necessitating the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist MPs to govern.

Emboldened by the election result, opposition parties have redoubled efforts to undermine the government’s position in Brexit negotiations. By seeking guarantees that single market access is maintained at all costs, or that, if by March 2019 (the date by which the UK has notified the EU it will leave) negotiations have not born fruit Britain’s current relationship with the EU should be maintained, MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and even some Conservatives are undermining the primary objective of last year’s referendum: to leave the EU.

Beyond Westminster, a growing number of voices have added themselves to the anti-Brexit bandwagon.

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The deals that may be worse than no deal

How a compromise agreement may keep Britain subject to aspects of the EU.

2nd June 2017

Introduction

Here we answer your questions on the Article 50 UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement.

 

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