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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.

Willie Whitelaw: Every Prime Minister Needs a Willie - Maggie's Loyalist Minister

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During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't always get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political history and every Friday I shall publish an article outlining the career and some interesting fa...
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How Are UK Business Handling Covid-19?

Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact o all our loves at this time as we are able to leave home and continue to be distanced from loved ones. However, as the UK and other parts of the world begin to work through the peak of the virus, many are wondering how long it will be until we can all begin returning to work. In this article, we will be loo...
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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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Cecil Parkinson: Maggie's Political Soulmate

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During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political history and every Friday I shall publish an article outlining the career and some interesting facts about so...
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Prof. Tim Congdon: 2020 Could See the Highest Peacetime US Money Growth

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Professor Tim Congdon CBE is a member of The Bruges Group Academic Advisory Council A lot of interest has been drawn from my recent emails to my fellow macroeconomists and monetary analysts where I pointed out that bank deposits at US commercial banks soared in the fortnight to 25th March. We now have the US commercial bank data for ...
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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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The impact of Brexit on online poker

Just four years ago, the British Public cast their vote on what was set to be a life changing decision for the people of Great Britain. After 47 years of membership to the European Union, Brits decided enough was enough and claimed their stake to independence in the British Exit Vote, more popularly known as 'Brexit'. With predicted impacts on the ...
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Sir Keith Joseph: The Architect of Thatcherism

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During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political history and every Friday I shall publish an article outlining the career and some interesting facts about so...
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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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Ian Paisley: The Voice of Unionism

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During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political history and every Friday I shall publish an article outlining the career and some interesting facts about so...
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The Two Very Different Sides of the Conservative Party

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There have always been differences that have existed within the Conservatives. But this recent general election, which saw swathes of working-class communities join the blue collar Conservative fold, has been the perfect opportunity for the Party to go back to its traditional, community orientated roots, (and in many ways it has). These roots are a...
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Our Last, Great, Opportunity

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Those fond of disasters unhesitatingly claim that the seeds of the next catastrophe are created in the current one. One can understand the theory. Tulip Mania, the South Sea; Mississippi; Junk Bond and Dot-Com Bubbles are all examples of feverish speculation gone wrong. The problem does not, however, lie solely with get rich quick dreamers and spiv...
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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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How COVID-19 has Brought out the Worst in Some People

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The internet is full of conspiracy theories about the pandemic and blame aimed at shadowy elites, bankers, secret societies, national leaders and so on, all based on the political prejudices of those formulating or sharing the theories as if fact. These are a not very amusing distraction from lockdown, pictures of kittens, today's lunch, or even po...
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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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Sir Ian MacGregor: The Implementer of Thatcherism

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During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political history and every Friday I shall publish an article outlining the career and some interesting facts about so...
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Tech Advancements in the Seed Market

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If it hadn't been for a massive improvement in technology, the world would have been a very different place right now. No one can deny that technological advancements in the seed industry have improved crop output and continue to suffice for the ever-increasing demand for food.The best part about technological advancements in the seed sector is, th...
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Ian Gow: Thatcher's Closest Confidant

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Ian Gow: Eminent Thatcherites by The Bruges Group - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwPRnfTdfVk&t=2s During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is polit...
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A Statement From The Bruges Group Regarding the Prime Minister

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 - A Statement from the Bruges Group -The news that Boris Johnson was admitted to ICU on Monday evening came as aprofound shock and the Bruges Group joins the entire nation in sending amessage of support to Boris, Carrie and their family. Our thoughts, prayersand best wishes are with them all at this challenging time.The Prime Minister's dedic...
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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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Airey Neave: The Man Who Helped Make Margaret Thatcher

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Airey Neave: Eminent Thatcherites by The Bruges Group - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsnd8ESIktA During these awful and bleak times, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to take a closer look to the careers of some political giants who don't get the recognition or remembrance they deserve. One of my greatest interests is political ...
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The Deep Cultural Fault-line that is Preventing the European Continent's Political Union

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This is a letter to an old friend from my undergraduate days, who went on to be a distinguished economist, describing the EU situation today. I am publishing this letter today, nine years after I first wrote it, just after receiving the news of the anger in Southern Eurozone countries against Northern Eurozone countries, when the latter showed unwi...
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A People's Budget By a People's Government

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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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COVID-19: The Death Knell of the EU?

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If I had to attribute my entry onto the political stage to any individuals, it would be Mark Carney, George Osborne and Theresa May. Not because I was inspired by any of them but as a result, in the case Mrs. May, of her total ineptitude over Brexit and, in the case of the first two, the inordinate amount of nonsense they spouted in the run-up to a...
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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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Here We Go Again

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One would be forgiven if they only half-heartedly pledged their support to Boris Johnson after he stated that he would get Brexit done. So far, the bill has made it through parliament without a hitch and the 31st January 2020 was a celebratory moment…until Coronavirus. Death tolls are rising throughout the world as countries fail to contain the spr...
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The European Convention on Human Rights has no place for Habeas Corpus

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​Until recently, the ECHR was regarded as a holy cow, to be revered by all. In fact, there was never any call on, or by, any UK government up to and including Theresa May's, to withdraw the UK from the European Convention or Court of Human Rights. The only criticisms were a certain amount of – well justified – harrumphing in recent years ...
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Sound Advice

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Policy makers are taking full account of the 16 March paper from the Imperial College Covid-19 Response Team – Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce Covid-19 mortality and healthcare demand. They are right to do so. There are no certainties in epidemiology, but no team in the world is better qualified to advise how to slo...
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A Sting in the Tail by the British Medical Establishment

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First do no harm, states the Hippocratic Oath. In the coronavirus pandemic, medical experts here and in several European countries prescribed lockdown. Yet this was not evidence-based practice, and it may indeed have been more harmful than the virus itself. In hospitals across the country, doctors and nurses are working tirelessly as a surge of cor...
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Why we Need a Quick Exit From EU Legislation

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You may remember reading last week that a group of jihadists known as the Beatles had scored a Supreme Court victory over the Home Secretary. To remind you what it was all about, the Beatles were a charming group of ISIS zealots who had specialised in beheadings, torture and other yet more gruesome activities best not mentioned here, whom US forces...
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Pandemics - We Can Exercise Control Over Them

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Pandemics are a force of nature with potentially devastating consequences. No one can prevent them from starting, but we can exercise some control over their spread and impact. That won't be done by market forces, the supposed panacea for all economic and social ills. On the contrary, the situation imposes on all a recognition that the state d...
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The Best of British Gaming Companies – 4 to Watch!

Britain is currently at the forefront of technological and industrial advances. One industry it dominates, but which is often overlooked, is the gaming industry with British companies developing some of the planet's most recognised computer games, be they played on your mobile device, on your desktop or via a console. Here are just some of the firm...
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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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The Impact of Brexit on the Property Market

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Brexit has been the key topic of conversation for many people over the last three years, and since the deal was finalised towards the end of January, the property market has seen a huge increase due to market stability and confidence with investment. Those who are looking at UK property may find the impact of Brexit on the property market highly in...
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Here Comes the European Public Prosecutor

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Nobody in Britain seems to have noticed, but the first European Public Prosecutor has already been appointed.Her name is Laura Codruţa Kövesi, she hails from Romania, and her CV says she studied law at an ancient University in Transylvania.See: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/eppo/ Her office is expected to start its operation in Novemb...
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Personal Freedom in Britain is Guarded by a Latin Past Participle

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Arrests followed by imprisonment, in Britain, in normal times, have to be supported by evidence of wrongdoing already collected by the investigators beforehand. To make sure that this happens, Habeas Corpus stipulates that an arrested person must appear in open court within hours, or at the most a few days (or in very extreme terrorist ca...
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Post-Brexit Britain Will be a Success Story: Professor Tim Congdon CBE

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​Following the speeches of Mark Francois MP and Andrea Jenkyns MP, we are delighted to publish Professor Tim Congdon CBE's presentation to the Bruges Group annual conference on March 7th 2020. The Demographic Fate of NationsWomen need to have 2.1 children on average in order to replace the current generation. Suppose that they have less than 2...
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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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Mark Francois: "Boris will be Battling for Britain in the EU Trade Talks"

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Mark Francois MP's speech to The Bruges Group annual conference - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZWLTchiEus The Bruges Group were honoured to have The Rt. Hon. Mark Francois MP, Chairman of the ERG, address our annual conference at Buckingham Gate in London on Saturday 7th March. The Bruges Group conference proved, as ever, to be an immen...
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What are the Benefits of Installment Loans Online?

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Most loans that you'll use or find nowadays are what are known as installment loans. These loans are loans that you pay back in installments, hence the name. They typically have interest associated with them, and you can work to pay them back based on a pay schedule.Nowadays, you can get installment loans on the web without a lot of problems. But, ...
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Investing After Brexit: Is Bitcoin Your Best Hope?

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Brexit is finally underway. By January 2021, the UK will be in a new position to help redefine itself in the world of global trading. Hopefully, it's going to put the country in a far more flexible economic environment. Free from the shackles of EU trading coffers, exciting times lie ahead, not only for businesses and their owners but for everyday ...
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What is wrong with the EAW

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The first mention anywhere of a European Arrest Warrant is in the text of the EU's Corpus Juris project for an embryo criminal code, where it is called a "European Warrant for Arrest". Article 24,1,(b), says "A European Warrant for Arrest, issued on the instructions of the European Public Prosecutor by a national judge (...) is valid across the who...
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The Common Agriculture Policy - How Brexit Gives Britain's Agriculture Sector a Boost

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Brexit provides British agriculture with the chance of a lifetime. While the EU is desperately trying to find the money to prop up its ailing and corrupt Common Agricultural Policy, Britain can plan for a productive future. Free from the chains of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, we can now consider how to feed ourselves, look after our co...
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An Invisible Warfare

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The European Union is facing one of its biggest challenges with the departure of one of its largest financial contributors in a midst of a widespread debt crisis. The United Kingdom on the other hand may have avoided one by implementing the 2016 referendum results thanks to Boris Johnson's thumping majority at the last General Election in Dece...
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Peter Shore: Labour's Forgotten Patriot

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By  Kevin Hickson, Jasper Miles and Harry Taylor  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Shore-Labours-Forgotten-Reappraising-ebook/dp/B07WTQCMNGThe publication of our biography of Peter Shore (Peter Shore: Labour's Forgotten Patriot, Biteback, 2020) should remind people of the time when it was Labour which was the Eurosceptic party in British po...
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Boris Johnson Initiates Review of Defence and Foreign Policy Post Brexit

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​Boris Johnson recently unveiled the United Kingdom's defence and foreign policy review details after the country's exit from EU. The move is in an attempt to establish UK's security strategy for the period of next five years. The six-month exercise is the next step in Johnson's assertion of control after the controversial and much-talked-about Cab...
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Brexit's Impact on the Energy Sector

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Now that Brexit is official, a lot will change. The economy of the country will be more independent, but there are a lot of challenges as well. The United Kingdom has traditionally relied on the EU for workers and materials, the country will have to transition to using more services and employees domestically as well as negotiating trade deals with...
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How Green is my Stove?

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When my late father was demobbed after the war in 1946 he returned home to Birmingham to no work and the dole. As he had been a bricklayer before the war and worked on many properties for one building company building chimneys and sorting out flue problems, to make a bob or two to pay the rent he made a fireplace out of concrete in the backyard whe...
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An Open Letter to Steven Barclay

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We are scheduled to begin what will hopefully be our last trade talks with the EU; I suspect we can be sure of a bumpy ride featuring the same of old EU tricks of deceit, mendacity, obfuscation, procrastination, threats and attempts to undermine our position through appeals to the Brussels 'Fifth Column' that is apparently still alive and well, and...
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7 Golden Rules to Live A Successful Life

Whenever you hear the word success, your own idea of success comes into your mind. Some might think that getting a highly paid job, and owning a car and a house is being successful. Some might not care about these things at all. It doesn't matter what success means to you. What matters is that you understand the difference between success and the p...
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The Relationship Between Politics and Education

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This article entails the importance of politics and education as well as key reasons why it is essential to improve their symbiotic relationship.Why Political Awareness Should Be Enhanced in SchoolsMost people tend to wonder why it is essential to enhance political awareness in schools. Should you find yourself in a scenario where a debacle ensues ...
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Watching Boris

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The look on my left leaning parents faces was a picture of horror as they stared down at my eight year old self, they looked at each other and said in shock and in unison: "Our son's a Conservative". My dear old dad, who I loved during all 84 years of his life, had been a member of the Communist Party in his youth, that was until they asked hi...
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In Memoriam: Hugo Van Randwyck

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In Memoriam,The widely-admired political activist Hugo van Randwyck, passed away on Sunday, 26 January 2020. Hugo was born in the Netherlands in April 1962 to Dutch parents; his father was Baron Frans Otto van Randwyck. He was brought up in Hong Kong, Japan and South Africa and educated at Great Friars Prep School and Felsted Public Schoo...
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An Intellectual Tantrum: The EU Cult in Universities Refuses to Accept Brexit

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A good education is a ticket in life. Graduation at a prestigious university followed by a professional career, all the hard work rewarded with a steadily rising salary, a nice home and exotic holidays. But material wealth isn't everything. The privileged middle class assumes moral superiority, as expressed in values such as 'no borders', the fads ...
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What Role Does High Quality Education Play in the Development of an Economy?

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What is the reason that makes college graduates earn significantly more than individuals without a college degree? What is the correlation between any country's economy and its schooling system? Understanding the existent link between a nation's education system of a nation and its performance economically is crucial for comprehending why some work...
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How Future of Britain is Bright After Leaving EU?

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Brexit is done. We are officially out. You might be hearing mixed opinions from people about it, but the truth is that the UK has a bright future ahead since now we are not bound to any agreement. The past three-and-a-half years were hard and they dented the democratic process and caused political paralysis in the country. But Britain is passed tha...
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Unelected Brussels Will Never Stop Making Law - Because Its What They Are Paid Handsomely to Do

A thought for BREXIT.  Anne Widdecombe interviewed on Channel 4's 7pm news 31 January 2020 about the UK's imminent departure from the EU commented on how helpless she felt as a British Minister as law after law emerged from Brussels and how pleased she is now the UK is leaving.Its not a moment too soon.The Directives and Regulations are now go...
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Why Politics in Education is a Huge Problem

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Presidents and Senators are unsuitable for running educational institutions just like they are unsuitable for running sites of construction work. It is high time that the education system reflected this to curb the educational crises being experienced currently due to political interference.The corporate paradigm's principal flaw, as is frequently ...
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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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Communitarianism and the Suprastate

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"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." JRR Tolkien.Although the bunting is out for Brexit in the wake of a resounding victory of a Conservative Government, t...
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What Boris Did Next

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I will be celebrating the 'New year' on 31st January 2020, although I cannot help be a little annoyed by the fact that we have to celebrate at 11:00 rather than 12:00 – presumably for the convenience of Brussels! Having said that, it is a very small price to pay for our freedom.This year will be momentous, as not only are we escaping the EU, but we...
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5 Things to Look For with a Secured Loan

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A secured loan can come in a number of different forms, all of which have different loan terms as well as differing APRs. Therefore, it is important that you conduct your research and compare prices at differing points as this will help you to save money in the long term. It is also important to read the fine print during this time, as a low APR do...
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Aid - a History of Waste and Self Harm

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The first part of this article describes my experience of aid, starting over 40 years ago in Africa, and then in the ex-Soviet Union. Some will hotly deny my conclusions, but their veracity is only too apparent in the current state of the world and the decline in western values. Part one deals with the background and part 2 illustrates it...
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How to Use CBD Oil for Healthier Skin

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CBD oil boasts a number of medical and health benefits, counting those that can improve skin conditions. CBD oil has moisturizing qualities and nourishing vitamins that are required for healthy skin. If you feel that CBD oil is a bit too pricey for you to purchase, then you can grow cannabis plants in your backyard or kitchen garden. This way, you ...
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EU Freedom of Movement [as long as it's not by train!] - Europe's 21st Century Transport System

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60+ Years of Brussels Bungled Transport IntegrationWe've all heard the "wrong shape" banana or cucumber law stories the UK media served up in their past love-to-hate-the-EU news [which was repeatedly belatedly rebuffed by Brussels].This is different. This is about the height of stupidity especially if, with climate change and Australia on...
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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 Done - Bar the Shouting?

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So, Boris Johnson has now won the election with a very comfortable majority, on a ticket to "Get Brexit Done". Corbyn has lost decisively, and Jo Swinson was not even re-elected. The SNP has increased the number of its MPs, and Sturgeon has raised her voice again to demand a second independence referendum. However she appears not to have worked out...
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A Four Point Plan to Preserve the Union: Preventing a Border Emerging in the Irish Sea

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The Brexit Agreement and regulatory checks affecting Northern IrelandBy Simon McIlwaineAn aspect of the Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement with the EU causes much anxiety among supporters of the UK's withdrawal and Northern Ireland in particular.Whether or not there is going to be any kind of internal UK border is causing great concern in N...
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Ignorance or Arrogance or Both – a View on Remain Elites From an Ordinary Leave Voter

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On 24 June 2016, when the Brexit Referendum result was announced, I was thrilled. The Great British Public had voted to take back their nation and return to self-determination. However, my excitement swiftly dissipated, as in the following years, Brexit was progressively watered down and smear campaigns about Brexit, or 'Project Fear' as they becam...
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How to Preserve British Sovereignty During the Transition Period?

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Looking ahead, let us suppose that Boris Johnson wins a majority of seats on 12th December, as hoped. He has then promised to have his "Withdrawal Agreement" Treaty with the EU ratified by Parliament, possibly by Christmas.From then on, according to some optimists, it should be plain sailing to "Brexit" on 31st January, whereupon a "Transition...
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Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: a Review and a Few Facts

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The purpose of these notes is to present some facts about the campaign to stop global warming and climate change.  The climate has changed in the past, is probably changing now, and will change in the future.  The campaign is trying to stop the unstoppable.The natural factors affecting global temperature are very powerful: terre...
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The Future is East, Time for Electoral Realism

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We recently returned from a trip to S.E. Asia, mostly holiday, but meeting with some of my wife's clients too. Smog, created by Indonesian farmers' crop burning joined the humid heat to hang like a blanket over Bangkok, our first stop. The difference to late September London was a shock. Less of a shock was driving on the left and familiar names li...
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Will It Be Easier To Get Finance After Brexit?

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The financial ramifications of Brexit are still very uncertain and perhaps the most anticipated aspect of the withdrawal negotiations. Although progress is being made, all the experts, including MSE's founder Martin Lewis and the Bank OF England, are encouraging Brits to be prepared for some fluctuations and uncertainty whilst the dust settles. Tod...
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BREXIT - Science Proves Project Fear "Expert forecasts .. no better than dart-throwing monkeys."

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Who is better at predicting: the expert or the novice or someone else?  Intuitively people believe experts. But science tells us a very different story.  And Brexit provides some startling evidence in support.When forecasting "... experts performed worse ... than dart-throwing monkeys" 2001 Nobel Laureate Professor Daniel Kahnemann explai...
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Guest — Coram Deo
I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "... Read More
Friday, 08 November 2019 22:19
Clifford Miller
@Guest - Coram Deo Your comment is most apt, particularly today, the 11th day of the 11th month as will be seen from what follow... Read More
Monday, 11 November 2019 03:11
Guest — dearieme
Mr Kahnemann does not hold a Nobel Prize. He received the counterfeit prize in Economics. That the Project Fear forecasts were s... Read More
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:02
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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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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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Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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Eventually we have a Brexit deal that has been approved by the partisan Parliament, in what is hopefully their last ever appearance on our television screens for some of this current batch of members. As was doubtless their intention, they have left the government, and Boris in particular, with a major problem, and many of those who have deliberate...
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EU DEFENCE UNION: WHAT IS EI2 Our summary is that EI2 was founded to overcome the slow pace of European Military Unification. Its ... Read More
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 20:48
Guest — Sandra Barwick
Yes. This is where we are. Farage wants us to leave more than anyone, and I would guess that in the end, in some constituencies, h... Read More
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 22:37
Guest — John Kemp
"...to consolidate BP supporters with the New Tories." Somewhat presupposes that the BP want anything to do with the Tories -whic... Read More
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 10:33
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SNP is Failing on a Daily Basis

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Beset by failure in running Scotland, at the SNP party conference in October leader Nicola Sturgeon was forced to bring forward her plan to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in 2020.With all the SNP's legal moves against Brexit fizzling out or falling on stony ground, it has been forced by the success of Brexit arguments to reveal i...
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Guilt, Identity and Blame

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The strength of democracy is that no one ideology will ever triumph over the others. Its weakness is that they all retain that ambitionBritain seems to have gone insane, or at least (anti-)social media has. Politics dominates, but not rational political discussion. Legitimate news media has been swept aside by online propaganda rags describing them...
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How Brexit Affects the EU Educational System: 7 Things to Be Aware Of

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With notorious Brexit going on, the United Kingdom's situation has become a real precedent in the European Union. Even though the right to leave the union was granted to every state entering it, EU policymakers naively hoped there would be no one willing to leave the prosperous entity.Being the first, Great Britain faces a lot of bureaucratic probl...
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Magic and Tricks

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Boris Johnson has really taken us on a ride here. The trick, ladies and gentlemen, was to make us believe that he intended to take us out of the European Union with or without a deal, even with the Benn Act and all will be revealed in time and it was. There was no way he could avoid the Benn Act so didn't just send one letter to the European Union ...
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This election is in a very strange way another re-run of the referendum. Liberal Democrats/Greens/Plaid Cymru: Revoke Article 50 ... Read More
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 06:52
Guest — Keith
I agree with what Scarlett says but this piece needs the attention of a copy editor. There are numerous minor errors. She is an al... Read More
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 08:53
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'The European Project is Making People Poorer'

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Have we in the UK been getting steadily poorer year-on-year over 46 years in the "European Project" [the EEC and then the EU] than if the UK had been out?What is the evidence?Remainers claim "We're better off in". But is it true? And if "We're better off out" people should know. The UK is tipped to overtake Germany and become the largest economy in...
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Friday, 25 October 2019 05:27
Guest — Ian
Great read, many thanks for your hard work in pulling this together.
Friday, 25 October 2019 09:37
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Comment deleted - points now incorporated into main article.
Saturday, 26 October 2019 20:48
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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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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
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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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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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Time to Flip the Script for Brexit Negotiations

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The reaction of the European Union negotiators and heads of state to Prime Minister Johnson's recent slate of proposals for eliminating the Irish backstop has exposed a fundamental truth about the Brexit negotiation process. So long as the EU must consent to British proposals for leaving under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, the EU ...
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This seems like a very good alternative, especially under the circumstances. Is it getting any consideration at 10 Downing Street?... Read More
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:38
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Trade Deals, the Ins and Outs for Post Brexit Britain

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What's so good about free trade agreements? They make the rich richer, workers poorer, and they rob countries of the ability to plan.For decades we have been told that global free trade – where goods can be imported and exported without restrictions or tariffs – is the route to prosperity. Impressive international institutions have been constr...
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A Re-heated Vassalage Treaty will be the Mother of All Betrayals

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The week of 14th – 19th October will be one of the momentous weeks in British political history. Prime Minister Johnson will attend an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October. On Saturday 19th October, the House of Commons will sit in emergency session for the first time since 1982.During this summit he will potentially agree...
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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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One Ring to Bind Them

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Every nation has its flag, here in the UK we have an assortment of flags, one each for the different parts of the Union. Scotland has its saltire, Wales has its red dragon, Northern Ireland its Ulster Banner and England the cross of St George which, despite being seen flying on many traditional churches, is the one flag that those on the left of po...
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A Couple of Weeks ago the EU Court of Justice Was Widely Hailed for Having Struck a Blow for Free Speech...

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But don't cheer too loudly yet!As you probably know, an important part of the mammoth EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, concerns the "right to be forgotten". This essentially means even if an article about someone is already in the public domain, search engines like Google or Yahoo, and news websites that provide search functionality,...
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Britain Is Being Sucked Into The EU’s Military Structures; What Will PM Boris Do About It?

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By Andrew England Kerr MEPWe've seen the usual tired old politics.What I haven't seen is any realisation of the real danger this country faces. Perhaps you have to see it first-hand to understand the true scale of it. I have over the past three weeks.I've watched the true force of the Franco-German domination of Europe as key positions are divvied ...
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We truly need full clarification from Boris Johnson on the much talked about, EU military unification. I have asked three MP's to... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2019 09:07
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The Facts About Brexit

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Authors: Ethan Thoburn, Charles Wynne and Luke Alsford There are plenty of people talking about no deal Brexit at the moment and with Boris Johnson looking ever more likely to deliver that, we at The Bruges Group thought we would put together sort of a fact sheet on No Deal and how it won't leave us on a so called cliff edge as lots of the med...
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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

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I would hazard a guess that the majority of people in the country are by now exceedingly fed up with the Brexit saga, and just want us to leave at the earliest opportunity. This view has even been expressed by 'remainer' friends of mine, most of whom appear to have accepted the outcome of a democratic referendum, even though they disagreed with it....
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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There is probably no greater struggle in life than the one with oneself. The European Union has always been a contentious issue in this country this is why David Cameron decided to call a referendum. The so-called Remainers believed wholeheartedly that they could win it and lay to rest once and for all oppositions to the UK's EU membership, but it ...
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Fabulous
Thursday, 10 October 2019 07:53
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Deal? Withdrawal Agreement? Treaty?

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The same four-letter word is being constantly branded around by the media. Whether talking about Theresa May's legacy, or discussing Boris Johnson's new negotiation, it never fails to disappear. That four-letter word is "deal". Yet this "deal": offered by Brussels, sold by Theresa May, defeated by MPs; seems dangerously close to being reborn. This ...
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