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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Sovereignty and Liberty: An American Perspective

To protect liberty we must preserve national sovereignty

John Griffing 


Since the beginning of history, national governments have provided the best means of securing individual liberty. This could be said to be the primary purpose of government. Theories voiced by John Locke and Thomas Hobbes are often cited as foundational to modern views of government, and it is widely understood that some form of government is necessary to protect citizens against both outside invasion and the anarchic passions of the human condition. This freedom is now under threat by the Supra-National institutions of the European Union.

The long train of abuses and usurpations visible in the European project serve to confirm a stark political reality: the EU doesn’t merely have a democratic deficit as some have suggested. It is by all measures, entirely anti-democratic.

John Locke and Thomas Hobbes speak from the grave: sovereignty is an essential element of liberty. One cannot exist without the other. Therefore, those seeking to protect liberty must work to preserve national sovereignty.

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