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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Conservatives and UKIP: enemies or allies?


Bill Cash MP
Nigel Farage MEP
Peter Oborne

With the speakers; Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of UKIP, and Peter Oborne, The Daily Telegraph Chief Political Commentator. And Bill Cash MP, Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee.


Nigel Farage MEP
Nigel Farage is the Leader of the UK Independence Party and is also an MEP for the South East. He was a Commodity Broker in the City and ran his own brokerage firm.

Nigel was active in the Conservative Party until the overthrow of Margaret Thatcher. He is the author of the Bruges Group paper Democracy in Crisis.

Peter Oborne
Peter Oborne is a British journalist and political commentator. He is Chief Political Commentator for The Daily Telegraph and the author of The Rise of Political Lying and The Triumph of the Political Class. He is particularly known for acerbic commentary on the hypocrisy and apparent mendacity of contemporary politicians; especially the misuse of MPs allowances.

Peter regularly appears in the media and presented a Channel 4 programme called Why Politicians Can’t Tell The Truth, examining how the major political parties in the UK allegedly pursue an agenda designed to appeal only to a narrow band of floating voters. Peter Oborne, a long standing Eurosceptic, wrote the foreword to the Bruges Group publication; Professor A.J.P. Taylor on Europe.

Bill Cash MP
Bill Cash is the Member for Stone and was Shadow Attorney General from 2001 to 2003. He is the Chairman of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee. He was also Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee of European Affairs 1988-91. In advance of what became the Maastricht Intergovernmental Conference Bill declined a Government position in 1991, choosing instead to orchestrate opposition to the Maastricht Treaty and founding the Maastricht Referendum Campaign. Bill was voted Parliamentary Campaigner of the Year 1991 by an independent panel of journalists.

Bill Cash is the Chairman of the European Foundation and was also Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bruges Group in the House of Commons. His publications include; Associated, Not Absorbed – The Associated European Area, Are we really Winning on Europe?, Against a Federal Europe: The Battle for Britain and British and German National Interests.