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Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: Robert Oulds
Winning the Peace: Charles Moore at Bruges Group
Winning the Peace: Charles Moore at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: David Wilkinson
Arlene Foster addressing the Bruges Group
Arlene Foster addressing the Bruges Group
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Robert Oulds
A Celebration of the Journey: Maastricht to Brexit
A Celebration of the Journey: Maastricht to Brexit
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Lord Owen speaking to the Bruges Group
Lord Owen speaking to the Bruges Group
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Robert Oulds
Ruth Lea addresses Bruges Group - March 22nd 2016
Ruth Lea addresses Bruges Group - March 22nd 2016
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Exclusive Interview: Robert Oulds, Bruges Group
Exclusive Interview: Robert Oulds, Bruges Group
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Make Britain Great Again
Interview with the director of Bruges Group Robert Oulds on UK
Interview with the director of Bruges Group Robert Oulds on UK's EU referendum
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: TRT World
Nigel Farage MP
Nigel Farage MP's Need To Grow Some Balls!!
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: UK EUROPE NEWS
Brexit fallout: UK must stop the bluster - Gina Miller vs the Bruges Group
Brexit fallout: UK must stop the bluster - Gina Miller vs the Bruges Group
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: I Am Incorrigible
Interview with Robert Oulds from Bruges Group on UK
Interview with Robert Oulds from Bruges Group on UK's EU referendum
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: TRT World
Arlene Foster on Corbyn, the border and Brexit
Arlene Foster on Corbyn, the border and Brexit
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: BrexitCentral
Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP addresses Bruges Goup
Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP addresses Bruges Goup
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: David Wilkinson
Margaret Thatcher at the Bruges Group
Margaret Thatcher at the Bruges Group
Published: 2010/02/01
Channel: Robert Oulds
Bruges Group at Bloomberg
Bruges Group at Bloomberg
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: David Wilkinson
What does Brexit mean?  Richard Tice at Bruges Group, November 5th, 2016
What does Brexit mean? Richard Tice at Bruges Group, November 5th, 2016
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Britain is better off out of EU, says Bruges Group CEO.
Britain is better off out of EU, says Bruges Group CEO.
Published: 2016/06/09
Channel: NeonGod
Sir Bill Cash MP - What Brexit Means. Bruges Group November 2016
Sir Bill Cash MP - What Brexit Means. Bruges Group November 2016
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Published: 2017/09/04
Channel: Wesley Jones
The EU, the British Economy and the City of London | The Bruges Group
The EU, the British Economy and the City of London | The Bruges Group
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Reflect1Media
Sir Richard Shepherd at the Bruges Group
Sir Richard Shepherd at the Bruges Group
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: David Wilkinson
Patrick Minford at Bruges Group
Patrick Minford at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/02/28
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Bruges Group April17 - Owen Paterson MP
Bruges Group April17 - Owen Paterson MP
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Britain Beyond the EU: Kelvin Hopkins MP speaks to the Bruges Group
Britain Beyond the EU: Kelvin Hopkins MP speaks to the Bruges Group
Published: 2011/06/02
Channel: Robert Oulds
Patrick Minford addresses Bruges Group. November 2016
Patrick Minford addresses Bruges Group. November 2016
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
UKIP Nigel Farage vs Conservative Bill Cash - Bruges Group 2013
UKIP Nigel Farage vs Conservative Bill Cash - Bruges Group 2013
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: voteleavemedia
Anthony Coughlan at Bruges Group Nov 2016
Anthony Coughlan at Bruges Group Nov 2016
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Delingpole at Bruges Group
Delingpole at Bruges Group
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Dr Andrew Lilico at Bruges Group
Dr Andrew Lilico at Bruges Group
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: David Wilkinson
Lord Green, MigrationWatch, at Bruges Group
Lord Green, MigrationWatch, at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Bruges Group ordinary meeting April17 questions
Bruges Group ordinary meeting April17 questions
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Bruges Group trailer - Richard Tice
Bruges Group trailer - Richard Tice
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: David Wilkinson
Bruges Group June1st2015
Bruges Group June1st2015
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
The Bruges Group comment on the Credit Crunch
The Bruges Group comment on the Credit Crunch
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: Robert Oulds
Peter Bone MP at Bruges Group
Peter Bone MP at Bruges Group
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: David Wilkinson
Roger Helmer at Bruges Group
Roger Helmer at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/02/28
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
David Starkey on British Politics
David Starkey on British Politics
Published: 2011/10/10
Channel: Robert Oulds
Bruges Group February 2015
Bruges Group February 2015
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Graham Stringer MP (Labour) at Bruges Group
Graham Stringer MP (Labour) at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/02/28
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Lord Tebbit addresses Bruges Group International 2015
Lord Tebbit addresses Bruges Group International 2015
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Christopher Booker Speaks at the Bruges Group Bruges London 2009
Christopher Booker Speaks at the Bruges Group Bruges London 2009
Published: 2011/11/07
Channel: sirnyler
Sir John Nott at Bruges Group
Sir John Nott at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Kelvin Hopkins MP at Bruges  Group, what Brexit means
Kelvin Hopkins MP at Bruges Group, what Brexit means
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Brexit Films
Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Brexit Opportunities: Jim Mellon Speaking to The Bruges Group
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: Sarah Chapman
Bruges Group 2013 All Day International Conference - trailer
Bruges Group 2013 All Day International Conference - trailer
Published: 2014/05/24
Channel: David Wilkinson
Bruges Group 2010  Douglas Carswell
Bruges Group 2010 Douglas Carswell ' In or Out Referendum' (EU)
Published: 2011/11/07
Channel: sirnyler
Lord Tebbit at the Bruges Group Dinner, part 1
Lord Tebbit at the Bruges Group Dinner, part 1
Published: 2008/10/28
Channel: Simon Richards
Bruges Group All Day International 2013 - Ivar Raig
Bruges Group All Day International 2013 - Ivar Raig
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: Calgacus Libris
Prof TIM CONGDON CBE
Prof TIM CONGDON CBE 'Is the Eurozone Breaking Up?' The Bruges Group 2010
Published: 2011/11/08
Channel: sirnyler
Bruges Group International 2013 - Roland Vaubel
Bruges Group International 2013 - Roland Vaubel
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: Calgacus Libris
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The Bruges Group is a think tank based in the United Kingdom.

Although the group is often associated with the Conservative Party, it is independent of it. Its honorary president was Margaret Thatcher with the president currently Lord Tebbit of Chingford, and its chairman is Barry Legg, who was chief executive of the Conservative Party and a former Member of Parliament, but many senior Labour MPs have addressed their meetings, including Frank Field and Gisela Stuart and peers Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Baron Shore of Stepney.

Set up in February 1989, its original aim was to promote the idea of a less centralised European structure than that emerging in Brussels. Its inspiration was Margaret Thatcher's Bruges speech [1] in September 1988, in which she remarked that, "We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level". The Bruges Group's research now includes looking into alternative international relationships for the UK and a complete restructuring of Britain’s relationship with other European countries.[2]

Bruges Group in the media[edit]

Its Director, Robert Oulds, is frequently quoted in the press and makes regular appearances on TV and radio discussing European issues. Spokesmen for the Bruges Group have also appeared on BBC TV News, ITN; Sky News; The Daily Politics; BBC World Service; BBC R5 Live and international media outlets.[3][4]

The Bruges Group is also often asked by the media to comment on the particularly vexed issue of the European Union and the Conservative Party.[5]

Activities[edit]

The Bruges Group seeks to keep debate on European issues centre stage by commissioning and publishing independent research and by holding meetings and conferences to discuss relevant issues. These seek to inform decision-makers and opinion-formers especially those in Parliament and the media. The Bruges Group also monitors and assesses the voting of Members of Parliament.[6]

The Bruges Group contends that the EU seeks to extend its influence over individual states’ right to manage their own affairs. As a result, the Group has extended its remit to monitor the EU’s policies and regulations relating to the increasing costs of membership, defence, international relations, climate change, national identity, immigration and healthcare.

Internationally the Bruges Group has been particularly active in supporting Euroscepticism in Estonia and discussing issues relating to Turkey and the EU.

The 1980s and 1990s[edit]

The group was set up by Lord Harris of High Cross and an Oxford University student Patrick Robertson following Margaret Thatcher's Eurosceptic speech delivered in Bruges in September 1988. It quickly became a focus for Eurosceptic opinion and opposition to the then president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors. The Bruges Group is considered to be the common ancestor of the many British Eurosceptic parties and groups that emerged in the 1990s.

The group was a rallying point for rebellious backbench Conservative MPs during House of Commons debates over the Maastricht Treaty. An Oxford branch was set up (under Roland Smith) with links to Oxford University's growing Eurosceptic movement led by student activist and future Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan. The group then went through a difficult period. Alan Sked, an academic associated with the group, fell out with leading members of the Group during 1991-1992, and went on to form the Anti-Federalist League, which later evolved into the UK Independence Party. Robertson left the group a short time later, later becoming an adviser to Sir James Goldsmith's Referendum Party.

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