FUTURUS was founded by Anthony Scholefield in 2003 to develop an understanding and analysis of major political and social issues which were not being addressed by the British political parties and other policy-making and research bodies. Some issues, such as the future demography of the UK and Europe, mass immigration or the real costs of Britain’s membership of the EU, were generally considered too controversial to be discussed by most policy bodies. Other matters, such as British entry into the euro, as well as the real nature of the financial crisis of 2008, and the long term insolvency of the western Welfare State, were treated superficially. http://www.futurus-thinktank.com/
Get Britain Out (formerly the Anti-Common Market League)
Get Britain Out is an independent grassroots campaign to Gert Britan Out of the European Union. It was set up in 1961 in response to the failed attempt by Britain to enter the European Economic Community the previous year. Under the chairmanship of Sir Robin Williams (1969 to 1984) the group became a constituent member of the National Referendum Campaign, an umbrella movement associated with The Spectator that included such disparate groups as the British League of Rights, Ron Leighton’s Get Britain Out, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the United Ulster Unionist Party as well as leading politicians such as Barbara Castle, Michael Foot and Enoch Powell. Following the demise of this broad coalition the ACML continued to operate, being particularly vocal in its criticism of the Common Agricultural Policy and moves towards devolution, whilst campaigning for free trade with the world as a whole rather than just the European Union. http://getbritainout.org/
Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign
The Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign (LESC) believes believes it has not been in Britain’s long-term interest to be a member of the European Union and, for that reason, supports an “in or out” referendum on Britain’s membership.
The Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign (LESC) has had a continuous existence since shortly after the 1975 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the Common Market, which the UK had joined in 1973.
LESC feels strongly that, although their arguments for the UK not remaining a member of the Common Market had not prevailed during the 1975 referendum, they were still fundamentally right. It would not be in Britain’s long term interest to be in the organisation which has subsequently morphed over the last forty years from being the Common Market to being the European Economic Community and now the European Union. Whatever benefits the UK has received from UK membership have been swamped by all the disadvantages which have been brought in train.
The LESC has always seen its role to be one of monitoring what is happening, analysing the way trends are developing and influencing opinion within the Labour Party, the wider Labour Movement and beyond towards our point of view. http://www.lesc.info/
Labour Leave was founded in 2016 to campaign for withdrawal from the EU. Following the vote to leave on June 23rd, Labour Leave is now campaigning to ensure the vote is honoured. Its five key campaigning points are:-
- Return all law-making powers to the UK Parliament, renewing our democracy.
- Ensure complete control over immigration policy and visas.
- Secure free trade in goods and services with Europe.
- Pursue global trade deals which protect our public services.
- Rebalance our economy, helping firms to achieve higher productivity, with rising wages and investing in the infrastructure to support export-led growth.
It is also urging the Government and the Opposition to stop speculating about a further referendum. Its website is http://www.labourleave.org.uk/
TEAM (The European Alliance of Eu-critical Movements)
TEAM is an information network linking 49 organisations, political parties and non-parties, from 18 countries across Europe. It includes democratic and non-racist organisations from the centre, left and right of the political spectrum. It is an organisation working for a Europe of cooperating democratic nation and against a federal Europe as implied in the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union. TEAM is an Europe wide network with organisations in countries both inside and outside the European Union. Europe is not just the European Union, the policies of the European Union affect all the countries in Europe and around the world. TEAM aims to reflect this fact, in our membership, our outlook and our aims. http://www.teameurope.info/
The Bruges Group
The Bruges Group is an independent all-party think tank. Our independence is our strength allowing us to be free to follow our own policy agenda and put the national interest above party political considerations. Set up in February 1989, its 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 reimposed at a European level, with a European superstate exercising a new dominance from Brussels.” http://www.brugesgroup.com/
Better Off Out (The Freedom Association)
The Freedom Association was founded in 1975 by the Viscount De L’Isle, Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter and John Gouriet. Ross McWhirter had drawn up a fifteen point Charter of Rights and Liberties before being assassinated by the Provisional IRA in November 1975. The Freedom Association is a non-partisan, centre-right, libertarian, pressure group. It has seven core principles, being individual freedom, personal and family responsibility, the rule of law, limited government, free market economy, national parliamentary democracy and strong national defences. We are delighted to be developing a good relationship with The Freedom Association’s Better Off Out campaign, which like CIB, seeks to secure the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union http://www.betteroffout.net/
Possobly the most widely-read EU-critical website in the country. EU Referendum has been running since 2004 and is authored by Dr Richard North, who has been a researcher to Christopher Booker for his Sunday Telegraph column and is currently a self-employed political researcher/ analyst. http://www.eureferendum.com/
The Boiling Frog
The Boiling Frog is anther blog campaigning for UK exit from the European Union and was particularly active in last year’s EU referendum. http://thefrogsalittlehot.blogspot.co.uk/
Founded in 2011 by Trevor Colman MEP ThEUnit was created to enlighten and educate the British people about the European Union, its institutions, and laws and to explain how that affects you. http://www.theunituk.com/
The EU Probe
The Euro Probe is the personal blog of CIB Committee member Mick Greenhough. http://www.theeuroprobe.org/
Expat for Brexit!
Ray Catlin is an Expat in France and writes to dispel expat fears of Brexit.
Fred Harding’s one-man blog is a veritable encyclopaedia of news,articles and information relating to last year’s referendum. http://www.brexituk.com/