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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Simon Wolfson, CEO of Next plc, addresses the Group

A businessman's view

Simon Wolfson


Simon Wolfson, at 36, is the second youngest CEO of a FTSE100 company. Next plc reported a turnover of £2.2 billion in 2003, with a pre tax profit of £353 million, from its 340 stores and mail order clothing businesses. He is a long-standing and leading critic of European integration and as a successful businessman and regular commentator on EU affairs he is knowledgeable of the economic costs of the European Union.

Chairman: Lord Lamont of Lerwick