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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Comment on the return of Ken Clarke

Press Release: For Immediate Release


Barry Legg

The apparent decision by David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, to allow Kenneth Clarke to return to the Shadow Cabinet but to be able to continue to disagree with the leader’s policies on the European Union is unprecedented.

Barry Legg

Barry Legg, Co-Chairman of the Thatcherite Bruges Group, commented that;
“This effectively means the end of David Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution. The Liberal Democrat and Labour parties are opposed to such a referendum and it is now clear that Mr Cameron does not have the will to carry the necessary legislation through the House of Commons if the Conservative Party were elected to office. Mr Clarke and his supporters within the Conservative Party have been given carte blanch to oppose the policy.

“The so-called ‘big beast’ has trampled all over Mr Cameron as the price of his return to the Conservative front bench.”

Click here to read Barry Legg's article in the Guardian on the return of Ken Clarke