The Campaign for an Independent Britain is a non-party political campaigning organisation of people from all walks of life who recognize that continuing British membership of the European Union poses grave threats to our liberties, independence, and economic prosperity.
We believe that Britain should leave the European Union and that the corrupt, undemocratic, obsolete and fraud-ridden EU should be superseded by modern, democratic structures that enable the peoples of Europe to co-operate without loss of any nation’s freedoms and way of life.
The Campaign for an Independent Britain seeks the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 under which EU directives and regulations take precedence over UK law. Once self-government has been recovered, the United Kingdom would be free, as an independent state, to co-operate and trade with its neighbours in Europe and with countries elsewhere in the world without the restrictions imposed by EU membership.
Britain’s relationship with the European Union is one that sits above party politics and one doesn’t have to be a member of any particular political party to be concerned about the ever-growing power of the EU. In Campaign for an Independent Britain we have members from all the major political parties, trades unionists, environmentalists, businessmen, students, journalists as well as members of both Houses of Parliament who are united in their belief that Britain’s membership of the European Union has been a great error for this country.
We are a cross-party campaigning organisation who believe that continued membership of the European Union poses grave threats to Britain’s liberties, independence and economic prosperity. We seek the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union and for the undemocratic, obsolete and fraud-ridden EU to be superseded by modern, democratic structures that enable the peoples of Europe to co-operate without loss of any nation’s freedoms and way of life.
Edward Spalton was a corn merchant and animal feed miller, supplying the livestock industry. In 1981 he started his own company making appetite stimulants and feed flavours for farm animals and domestic pets. He is now retired from business.
He became a member of the UK Independence Party in 1994 and stood as a candidate for the East Midlands to the European Parliament in 1999. He also stood in the 2005 General Election in South Derbyshire as a candidate for Veritas “because I have always voted at elections and there was nobody else standing whom I could support”. He is not now a member of any political party and campaigns for British independence on a cross-party basis. He is particularly interested in Eastern European and Balkan affairs and is a member of the Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies.
John Harrison qualifed as a Chartered Accountant in 1973 and has an award winning accountancy practice in Worksop, Nottinghamshire which specialises in providing financial management services to owner managed businesses. John joined the National Committee on 1999 and became Honorary Treasurer in 2000. He is also Membership Secretary. Married to Anne with two children, Victoria and Tristan and is a keen football supporter.
Jim Reynolds is a property manager. He is also our leaflet distributor and a vice-president of CIB. He lives in Essex.
Rev Philip Foster, the author of a number of books on climate change.
Stuart Notholt, a long-standing Committee member.
Jim Reynolds, also our Honorary Secretary.
Anthony Scholefield, director of the think tank Futurus.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch was made a life peer on 18 June 1990 for services to the insurance industry, sitting as a Conservative. He is the co-founder of a pro free trade think-tank, Global Britain, which publishes research on the BBC’s EU coverage and on the cost of UK membership and is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance. He was leader of UKIP between 27 November 2009 and August 2010 and has done extensive charitable work and fundraising, in particular for the Camphill movement.
Lord Vinson of Roddam was made a life peer on 7 February 1985. He is a British businessman who began a small plastics company in 1952 called ‘Plastics Coatings’ in Guildford, for which he won the Queen’s Award for Industry in 1971. He worked at the Centre for Policy Studies between 1974 and 1980
The following have kindly agreed to be Patrons of The Campaign for an Independent Britain:
Peers of The Realm
Lord Stoddart of Swindon
Lord Clifford of Chudleigh
Lord Willoughby de Broke
Lord Stevens of Ludgate
Lord Lamont of Lerwick
The Earl of Wemyss and March
Hon Mrs Buchan of Auchmacoy
Members of The House of Commons
Sammy Wilson MP
Philip Davies MP
Philip Hollobone MP
Andrew Rosindell MP
Sir Richard Storey Bt
Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen
Sir Richard Shepherd