Briefings for Brexit is comprised of professionals from a wide range of academic, business and other backgrounds. It provides a platform for evidence-based analysis and reasoned arguments in favour of Brexit. Unfortunately, the current debate around Brexit in the UK and abroad is characterised by groupthink and a false intellectual consensus. Briefings for Brexit aims to challenge this by giving pro-Brexit academics and professionals a voice, enabling them to make the positive, intellectual case for the UK’s exit from the EU.
The Bruges Group is an independent all-party think tank. 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.”
Through its groundbreaking publications and wide-ranging discussions The Bruges Group has spearheaded the intellectual battle against the notion of ever closer union in Europe and will continue its fight against British involvement in a single European state.
Fishing for Leave was founded to campaign for UK withdrawal from the EU, to regain control and repatriate the majority of British fisheries’ resources. FFL highlights the potential of UK fisheries and is fighting to ensure a brighter future for our industry.
Although the referendum victory on 23 June 2016 was a great and historic day, it was merely a signal of intent. FFL is campaigning to ensure UK fishermen get a fair Brexit and are not sold out in the negotiation process. That means full withdrawal from the harmful Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the restoration of national control over UK waters. The UK must regain and retain all fisheries resources – they must not be bargained away as part of a withdrawal agreement or future UK-EU relationship.
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: individual freedom; personal and family responsibility; the rule of law; limited government; free market economy; national parliamentary democracy; and strong national defences. The Freedom Association’s Better Off Out campaign fights for UK withdrawal from the European Union.
The Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign (LESC) believes it has not been in Britain’s long-term interest to be a member of the European Union. It aims to influence opinion within the Labour Party, the wider Labour Movement and beyond towards this point of view.
The LESC has been in continuous existence since shortly after the 1975 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EEC, which the UK had joined in 1973. Those who came together to form the LESC felt strongly that, although their arguments had not prevailed during the 1975 referendum, they were still fundamentally right. Membership is open to Labour Party members, trade unionists, and others who oppose Britain’s membership of the EU.
Labour Leave is a campaign group for Labour Party members which campaigned for Leave in the 2016 referendum. Labour Leave continues to campaign for a fair deal from Brexit negotiations and hold the government and the Labour Party to account. Its top 5 manifesto commitments are: