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Best UK economists on brexit at Bruges group
Best UK economists on brexit at Bruges group
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: RobinHoodUKIP
Jacob Rees Mogg speech to Bruges group
Jacob Rees Mogg speech to Bruges group
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: RobinHoodUKIP
Bruges group Q&A with Jacob Rees Mogg
Bruges group Q&A with Jacob Rees Mogg
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: RobinHoodUKIP
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
David Myddelton at Bruges Group, 4th November 2017
David Myddelton at Bruges Group, 4th November 2017
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Kate Hoey MP at Bruges Group, November 4th 2017
Kate Hoey MP at Bruges Group, November 4th 2017
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Patrick Minford 1 of 2 at Bruges Group fringe, Manchester 2017
Patrick Minford 1 of 2 at Bruges Group fringe, Manchester 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP VS Alt-Left Protestors At Bruges Group 2017
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP VS Alt-Left Protestors At Bruges Group 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Patriotic Populist
Best UK economists on brexit at Bruges group
Best UK economists on brexit at Bruges group
Published: 2017/12/09
Channel: ANGEL Serafimova
Bruges Revisited
Bruges Revisited
Published: 2012/08/31
Channel: Robert Oulds
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Speaking At The Bruges Group 2017
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Speaking At The Bruges Group 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Patriotic Populist
Bruges Group 25th Anniversary
Bruges Group 25th Anniversary
Published: 2014/02/14
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Shanker Singham at Bruges Group, Tory Conf 2017
Shanker Singham at Bruges Group, Tory Conf 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Jacob Rees-Mogg Full Brexit Speech at Bruges Group, Manchester 2017
Jacob Rees-Mogg Full Brexit Speech at Bruges Group, Manchester 2017
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: Westmonster
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
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP On Q&A Panel At Bruges Group 2017
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP On Q&A Panel At Bruges Group 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Patriotic Populist
Arlene Foster addressing the Bruges Group
Arlene Foster addressing the Bruges Group
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Robert Oulds
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 Bruges Group Films
Patrick Minford addresses Bruges Group. November 2016
Patrick Minford addresses Bruges Group. November 2016
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Winning the Peace: Charles Moore at Bruges Group
Winning the Peace: Charles Moore at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: David Wilkinson
A Celebration of the Journey: Maastricht to Brexit
A Celebration of the Journey: Maastricht to Brexit
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Dr Bess Rhodes at Bruges Group
Dr Bess Rhodes at Bruges Group
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Bruges Group ordinary meeting April17 questions
Bruges Group ordinary meeting April17 questions
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Exclusive Interview: Robert Oulds, Bruges Group
Exclusive Interview: Robert Oulds, Bruges Group
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Make Britain Great Again
Lord Green, MigrationWatch, at Bruges Group
Lord Green, MigrationWatch, at Bruges Group
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Margaret Thatcher at the Bruges Group
Margaret Thatcher at the Bruges Group
Published: 2010/02/01
Channel: Robert Oulds
Lord Tebbit addresses Bruges Group International 2015
Lord Tebbit addresses Bruges Group International 2015
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group 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 Bruges Group Films
Ruth Lea addresses Bruges Group - March 22nd 2016
Ruth Lea addresses Bruges Group - March 22nd 2016
Published: 2016/03/24
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group 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
Bruges Group June1st2015
Bruges Group June1st2015
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Lord Owen speaking to the Bruges Group
Lord Owen speaking to the Bruges Group
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Robert Oulds
Julian Jessop at Bruges Group
Julian Jessop at Bruges Group
Published: 2017/11/18
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
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 Bruges Group Films
Jacob Rees Mogg speech to Bruges group
Jacob Rees Mogg speech to Bruges group
Published: 2017/12/09
Channel: ANGEL Serafimova
Johan Eliasch addresses Bruges Group
Johan Eliasch addresses Bruges Group
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Bruges Group April17 - Owen Paterson MP
Bruges Group April17 - Owen Paterson MP
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Delingpole at Bruges Group
Delingpole at Bruges Group
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Gerard Lyons at Bruges Group fringe, Conservatives 2017
Gerard Lyons at Bruges Group fringe, Conservatives 2017
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Patrick O
Patrick O'Flynn at Bruges Group
Published: 2015/11/26
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Patrick O
Patrick O'Flynn MEP at Bruges Group November 5th 2016
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
The Bruges Group comment on the Credit Crunch
The Bruges Group comment on the Credit Crunch
Published: 2009/03/24
Channel: Robert Oulds
Dr Andrew Lilico at Bruges Group
Dr Andrew Lilico at Bruges Group
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: David Wilkinson
Bruges Group
Bruges Group '14 Mark Reckless
Published: 2014/11/24
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Steven Woolfe speaks before the 2010 Annual Bruges Group Conference (part 1)
Steven Woolfe speaks before the 2010 Annual Bruges Group Conference (part 1)
Published: 2011/02/03
Channel: Steven Woolfe
Bruges Group trailer - Richard Tice
Bruges Group trailer - Richard Tice
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: David Wilkinson
Peter Bone MP at Bruges Group
Peter Bone MP at Bruges Group
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: David Wilkinson
Gerard Lyons at Bruges Group, Manchester
Gerard Lyons at Bruges Group, Manchester
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Bruges Group February 2015
Bruges Group February 2015
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Calgacus Bruges Group Films
Sir Richard Shepherd at the Bruges Group
Sir Richard Shepherd at the Bruges Group
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: David Wilkinson
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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]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Ralph Harris, who was also founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs, was Chairman from 1989 until 1991 when he was replaced by professor Kenneth Minogue.[6]

In 1993, Dr Martin Holmes and Dr Brian Hindley became Co-Chairmen of the Bruges Group.[7] Jonathan Collett became Campaign Director in 1993 and held the role until 2001.[8]

The Bruges Group became the most influential eurosceptic group in the 1990s [9] holding regular meetings and regularly publishing occasional papers.[10]

Its first annual conference was held in 1994 at King's College and has been held there ever since. The Bruges Group played a leading role in stopping the UK entering the euro.[11] Martin Holmes' publication of "The Conservative Party and Europe" had a strong influence on William Hague.[12]

Dr Martin Holmes continued as Co-Chairman in this significant period until 2001.[13] Dr Brian Hindley carried on as Co-Chairman for a few more years and published a number of papers for the Bruges Group.[14]

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