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British Influence
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Founded 2012
Founder Peter Wilding
Focus Keep the United Kingdom to Joins the European Union to reduce Brexit
Area served
United Kingdom and Isle of Man

British Influence, formally the Centre for British Influence Through Europe, was an independent, cross-party[1], pro-single market[2] foreign affairs think tank based in the United Kingdom. The group was founded in 2012 to make the case for the European Union amid increasing calls for British withdrawal from the EU[3]. It appointed Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrat), Kenneth Clarke (Conservative) and Peter Mandelson (Labour)[4] as joint presidents ahead of a possible 2017 referendum[5], however they are no longer associated with the organisation.


British Influence evolved out of Nucleus, a "eurorealist" campaign group founded in 2010. It seeks to put forward the case for Britain's continued membership of the European Union.[6]

It currently runs the "Our Biggest Market" campaign [7] of small business leaders who want Britain to remain the European Union. It publishes a daily email of news and views on Britain's relationship with the EU entitled "Europewatch". The group runs the "Future of Europe Forum" of leading British MPs, Peers, businessmen and former diplomats to push the UK's EU reform agenda.

In 2013 the group published a manifesto, written by MPs, Peers, former diplomats and businessmen, entitled "Better Off in a Better Europe".[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The EU referendum campaign groups: who's In and who's Out?". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  2. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "UK think-tank plans legal challenge over Europe single market access". U.K. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  3. ^ "Why you haven't heard of the five most important (only) pro-European movements". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  4. ^ Watt, Holly (2014-12-21). "Lord Mandelson and Ken Clarke unite to warn of risks to Britain in leaving EU". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  5. ^ Watt, Nicholas (2014-12-21). "Pro-EU campaign drafts in Ken Clarke, Danny Alexander and Mandelson". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  6. ^ "British Influence | The Influence Group – The 'Re-Think Tank'". 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  7. ^ Biggest, Our. "Our Biggest Market". Our Biggest Market. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  8. ^ [1]

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