Bruges Group – Wikipedia

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 Baroness 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,[1] but many senior Labour politicians have addressed their meetings, including the Labour MPs Frank Field and Gisela Stuart and peers Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Baron Shore of Stepney.[2]

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 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

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