Recommended Reading

To succeed with our campaign we have to be accurate in what we say when we debate. These books, pamphlets and briefing papers explain how the EU harms us and provide the ammunition to argue why we should Get Britain Out of the EU. They’re well worth a look.

 

Reconnecting with the Commonwealth: the UK’s free trade opportunities
by the Free Enterprise Group
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Brexit offers the UK an opportunity to pursue an independent, worldwide trade liberalisation and tariff elimination agenda – ushering in a return to its free trading principles. A new paper from Conservative MP James Cleverly and Tim Hewish, with a foreword from former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, makes the case for prioritising free trade agreements with key Commonwealth nations.The report marries up a commitment to free trade and support for the Commonwealth in British foreign policy that has been neglected in trading terms for decades. A new five-phase approach offers the most practical way to ensure that the UK utilises the Commonwealth for mutual benefit through free trading principles.

Mitigating the impact of tariffs on UK-EU trade
by Civitas
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Post-Brexit, in the event of there being no trade treaty, UK exports to the EU-27 could expect to suffer tariff costs in the region of £5.2 billion, but the corresponding exports from the EU-27 to the UK would face costs in the region of £12.9 billion. This paper considers the policy responses open to the UK in the event that a trade treaty is not reached, in terms of mitigating the cost of these tariffs for UK businesses. The real question is not ‘how soft a Brexit can we achieve?’ but rather ‘how hard a negotiation do we wish to drive with the EU?’ The balance of negotiating strengths is far more favourable to the UK. If the EU-27 decide to levy tariffs on British exports, Britain has little to fear.

What Next: How to Get the Best from Brexit
by Daniel Hannan
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On 23 June 2016, against all forecasts, Britain voted to leave the EU. Drawing on his experiences at the heart of the campaign, Daniel Hannan dissects the result and our reaction. He outlines why Vote Leave won, exploring what people were voting for and what they weren’t. He looks at the immediate aftermath – how it differs from what people expected and what it says about where to go next. Brexit, Hannan points out, is a process – not an event – with three key areas of consideration: our relationship with the remaining 27 EU states; our relationship with the rest of the world; and, crucially, our consequent domestic reforms – there is no point to Brexit if we don’t now tackle the threats to democracy of corporatism and lobbying. What Next is Hannan’s blueprint for a successful Brexit. A Brexit that addresses the concerns of the 48 per cent who voted Remain as well as of the 52 per cent who voted Leave, a Brexit that revitalises British democracy, and a Brexit that will be mutually beneficial for both Britain and Europe.

Options for Reform: Environment
by Fresh Start
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Environmental policy has become one of the most significant and wide-ranging policy areas of EU legislation – but critics question the efficiency of some measures, arguing that the cost of complying with these regulations leaves European business uncompetitive. The UK could take a more holistic, coordinated approach towards developing a framework that provides consumers and taxpayers with value for money.

The 2016 Pink Book: UK Balance of Payments in 2015
by Global Britain
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In 2015, the UK Gross Contribution to EU Institutions was £ 22.2 bn, equivalent to £ 61 million per day. UK Gross & Net Contributions began rising sharply from 2009 onwards as a result of the abandonment by Mr Blair, then Prime Minister, on 17th December 2005, of part of the Fontainebleau Abatement. The UK Net Contribution peaked in 2013 then fell back slightly in 2014 and 2015.

The Euro Currency Cul-de-sac: Seventeen years of broken promises – and now a dead end
by Global Britain
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The euro itself has reached an impasse. At its heart is a crass imbalance of internal EU trade between creditor and debtor nations, and a financial system that recycles the debtors’ money back to the creditors to help the latter pay for the next shipment of imports from the former.

UK-EU trade and jobs linked to exports
By Civitas
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This analysis seeks to provide balance to the claim, made frequently during the EU referendum campaign, that 3 million UK jobs are linked to trade with the EU. By a method similar to that used in calculating the 3 million figure, we provide a new estimate for the amount of UK jobs linked with exports to EU countries and, for comparison, estimates of EU jobs linked to exports to the UK, on a country-by-country basis. An estimate of the decline in UK-EU trade as a proportion of GDP is also included, as this will likely have a knock-on effect on the number of jobs in the UK linked to UK-EU trade. As UK exports to the EU decline, so will the proportion of UK jobs linked to trade with the EU. Our estimates are followed by a short commentary on the potential impacts of new trading relations and the exchange rate, contributing to the view that the UK is likely in a better position to adapt to changes in trading terms with the EU than other members of the EU.

Making aid work outside the EU
By Global Britain
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This paper considers the damaging impact of EU trade policy and how the EU Aid programme performs in comparison to UK Aid. Could the UK use the funds more effectively itself, and if so, how should the UK negotiate to change its spending on aid in the light of its decision to leave the European Union?

Why the UK should Reform or Exit the European Arrest Warrant: Problems and Excesses of the Romanian Anti­-Corruption Fight
Produced by The Hampden Trust in association with The Freedom Association and Economic Policy Centre
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While the United Kingdom is now heading for Brexit, it is increasingly clear that a majority of Britons voted for such a change not simply out of concern over such matters as immigration and the direction of travel in European Union economic policy, but often out of a concern to maintain sovereignty and the high quality of justice and rule of law associated with the United Kingdom and its constituent parts. Indeed, there is evidence that above immigration and economics, concerns with rule of law, control and justice were of paramount importance for many voters. This reality makes this report all the more relevant and timely. As the United Kingdom renegotiates its relationship with continental Europe, how should it move forward in its relations with those European countries where legal and judicial practices still remain parlous? What should the United Kingdom do with systems such as the European Arrest Warrant? And what of countries, like Romania, that despite all manner of protestations and assertions to the contrary, still clearly have so far to go in improving their practices when it comes to the basics of due process, human rights and even prison conditions? This paper is intended to be helpful. In making specific recommendations on how countries such as Romania have to reform by placing quality of due process and human rights over the sheer volume and quantity of cases its frequently over­zealous authorities bring, it is hoped that a reformed EAW system might be salvageable. However, if countries such as Romania are not prepared to make substantive and demonstrable improvements, then clearly, the United Kingdom would have no alternative but to opt out of such an unjust and poorly designed system.

The Real Sterling Crisis: Why the UK needs a policy to keep the exchange rate down
By Roger Bootle and John Mills
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The Real Sterling Crisis

The fall in the value of sterling since the vote for Brexit has had commentators wringing their hands with concern. But why are so many so quick to assume that a cheaper pound is a bad thing? The truth, as leading economists Roger Bootle and John Mills explain here, is that the British economy has suffered from an overvalued pound for many years. It has restricted exports by making them more expensive and stimulated imports by making them cheaper; it has therefore been a leading cause of the UK’s large current account deficit.

Immigration & Integration After Brexit
By David Goodhart
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This Policy Exchange briefing paper looks at how to phase out freedom of movement and replace it with a work permit system for EU nationals. Recommendations—most of which could be implemented prior to Brexit negotiations—include: a maximum of six weeks to deal with all EU permit requests; a new immigration/integration department; a commission to review employability of UK citizens; new ways of responding to social infrastructure pinch-points in areas of high immigration; and, in the longer run, a population register and more formal two-tier citizenship. Richer universities could carry the cost of some of these measures by taking over the management of student flows. The medium-term aim should be an annual net migration figure below 200,000.

From Brussels with Love
by Radomir Tylecote and William Cash
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From Brussels With Love is a devastating and detailed account of how the US has coerced and pushed the UK into the EU, to suit its own interests; and how the UK’s best interests are no longer served by continuing its membership of this faltering EU. The fact that the lead author, Radomir Tylecote, is an advisor to No. 10 is bound to ensure that this book gets massive publicity in the popular Press. Sir William Cash MP has unerringly directed this work into the Brexit Referendum space, with its brilliantly argued case based on previously unknown facts of the matter, which will ensure this book is reviewed in the serious journals and newspapers.

Incontinent Continent The Comic
by Maurice Feldman
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Written by Maurice Feldman and illustrated by Sushmita Singh, this comic is based Chapter 10½ of the book The Incontinent Continent

The Economy after Brexit
By Economists for Brexit
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This report details how the economy will change for the better after Brexit, putting the case in a way that non-economists can understand and scrutinise, very much unlike Osborne’s Treasury Report

 

7% or 75%? The EU’s influence over British law: the definitive answer
By Tim Philpott
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There is a great deal of debate over how many of the laws that govern our lives originate from European institutions rather than from the UK Government. Estimates of the percentage of UK laws which originate in the EU vary from seven per cent to seventy five per cent. The huge variance is due to the large number of factors every analysis has to consider, such as the difference between directives and regulations, whether legislation pre-empting a Brussels law should be counted and the role EU legislation has in forming UK Statutory Instruments. Business for Britain has analysed studies and collected fresh data from the House of Commons Library to construct a new analytical model which properly establishes just how much of the legislation introduced over the years specified originates from the EU.

 

Europe isn’t Working
By Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson
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Europe’s center-left is rapidly falling out of love with the European single currency. Fifteen years after its creation, British journalists Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson assess its performance to show why. Looking at a range of key indicators the authors show how the euro has failed to deliver on its promise of more jobs, more growth and greater equality. Instead it has undermined the European Union. Elliott and Atkinson compare the European Central Bank to the Federal Reserve, arguing that the architects of the euro subjugated economic measures to political considerations. Consequently, countries that didn’t meet the economic convergence criteria were still allowed entry. The end result is a dysfunctional currency union that is unable to cope with difficult economic circumstances. Assessing the situations in Greece, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, and Iceland, as well as Britain, they show that the current policy of kicking the can down the road and hoping that something will turn up is proving increasingly unpopular with the currency’s one-time fans in progressive politics.This engaging and accessibly written volume will be widely read by economists, pundits, and policymakers as Britian considers its future relationship with Europe.

 

The Eurosceptic’s Handbook
By Michael Burrage
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Michael Burrage gives a detailed look at the various reasons as to why Euroscepticism exists and the main arguments behind it

 

The Treasury Report on Brexit – A Critique
By Economists for Brexit
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Economists for Brexit responds to Osborne’s Treasury Report.

 

27 Cross-Party Reasons to Leave the EU
By David Seadon
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This report offers you 27 great reasons to vote ‘Leave’ on June 23 – whether you’re a staunch socialist or an ardent capitalist, a liberal or a nationalist, there’s sure to be a reason which resonates with you.

 

Why Vote Leave
By Daniel Hannan
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Is it time to leave? MEP and award-winning writer Daniel Hannan makes an informed, passionate and reasoned case for a British exit from the EU ahead of the referendum.

 

 

 

 

 

“Democratic Civilisation or Judicial Supremacy?”
By David G. Green
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This book discusses that under our constitution, the legal sovereignty of Parliament ensures that the people themselves are the ultimate political sovereign. When members of the judiciary challenge Parliament, they undermine the ideal of government as a trust for the benefit of all members of society.

 


 

‘You Should Hear What They Say About You’ – what our European neighbours think of Britain and the EU

By Lord Ashcroft
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David Cameron is in Brussels to finalise his renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership terms. Many voters would never be persuaded to stay whatever he came back with, but as my recent research found, some undecideds could be swayed if the PM convinced them he had won a good deal. But the question of Britain’s place in the EU is about more than the precise restrictions to benefits for new migrants, or any commitment to cut back on excessive business regulations. My new polling among more than 28,000 voters throughout Europe helps to explain why.

 

Should Britain Leave the EU? An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship.
By Patrick Minford
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Placed in the context of the upcoming referendum, this second edition brings up to date a thorough review of all economic aspects of the UK’s membership of the EU. It notes the intention of the EU to move to ‘ever closer union’ and the nature of the regulatory and general economic philosophy of its dominant members, whose position is enforced by qualified majority voting. This comprehensive examination of the economic costs and benefits of membership uses state of the art modeling methods and includes estimates of its net costs as a percentage of GDP. It details the misconceptions involved in much of the debate about trade with the EU, and argues that the key issue is not access to markets but rather the prices at which trade takes place. Covered in careful detail is the economics of the UK’s trade with the EU in the key sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, and services.Written in non-technical language accessible to the interested layman, this timely second edition is essential reading ahead of the upcoming referendum on EU membership in the UK.

 

The Incontinent Continent
By Maurice Feldman
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The book tries to show how the EU has allowed politicians to create a separate world where instead of serving their constituents, they serve each other.

With their prime allegiance to Brussels, they are both unwilling and unable to speak up for those whom they are supposed to represent and concentrate their efforts on what is beneficial for Brussels at the expense of their own people. Through economic and political spin doctoring they keep trying to convince the public that the EU is vital to their country s survival, but even the most magical spinning cannot hide the economic and human devastation that the one-size-fits-all policies have wreaked on millions of citizens all over Europe.

 

 

Lessons From Switzerland: How might Britain go about business outside the EU?
By Jonathan Lindsell
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In this study, Civitas research fellow Jonathan Lindsell takes a look at how Switzerland has fared as a European nation outside the EU.

With an economy much smaller than Britain’s, not to mention the EU’s, it has hammered out trade agreements with an impressive array of global partners. But what kind of terms is it able to extract?

Putting under the microscope the deal Swiss negotiators struck with Japan, the world’s third largest economy and one with which Brussels still has no trade agreement, Lindsell finds that there is much to be said for the Swiss approach – and how Britain too might go about business outside the EU.

 

 

The Trouble With Europe
by Roger Bootle
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Updated and expanded version of Roger Bootle’s acclaimed book. After the carnage of two world wars, and the polarization of the globe between the emergent superpowers, Europe’s leaders had a noble dream of founding a new union that would contain its members destructive tendencies, but also act as a beacon of free trade, human rights and cooperation. As this organization attracted new countries, including Britain in the 1970s, the European Economic Community eventually became the European Union, and a seemingly inevitable march toward a federal super-state began, culminating in the creation of the totemic, but economically suspect single currency: the euro. Now Europe stands at a crossroads. Does it choose full political integration, with the lives of over 300 million people affected directly by the once reluctant Germany, or does it fragment as so many polls suggest increasing numbers of its citizens (particularly the British) would prefer – could national economies even survive this? Or perhaps there is another way. Bootle turns his masterly gaze to the defining political question of our era – one which affects not just Britain or Europe, but the whole world.

 

 

Hard Bargains or Weak Compromises?
by Brian Binley and Dr. Lee Rotherham
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The Conservative Party intends to renegotiate the UK’s membership of the EU and it is possible other parties may commit themselves in their manifesto to do the same. But what terms would be meaningful?

In this paper, just produced for the think tank Civitas, Brian Binley MP and myself set out a starting list of key concerns any new deal would need to address. In a sense though, what’s far more important is not the menu of competences that plainly could be better managed at national level, but the sheer bulk of them.

Nothing should be sacrosanct. The more one looks at what the Single Market is and how it operates, the less appealing it becomes from a UK perspective. World tariff rates have dropped massively since the UK joined the EEC. Yet if one calculates the amount saved by the differences between EU and World Trade Organisation’s average rates, and then apply this to the exports affected in Britain, the sum savings in question work out at less than the rounding errors known as the Rotterdam (et al) effect.

Worse, because the UK is a low-regulation economy and has a low proportion of its GDP linked to EU exports. The regulatory burdens of the EU operating across the entire economy may well already exceed the stated gains of the Single Market, even before we go on to the other ways the EU damages the British economy, such as the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.

Essentially, any deal would have to be radical and to sweep whole competences out of the EU treaties. Renegotiation would have to be fundamental to work. We suggest (in our Table 7.7) many chapters which might be left in the new deal, what could be managed transitionally, and what should go.

The end result if we pursue the logic to its conclusion is negotiating a new bilateral treaty. This is perfectly possible, but first off the negotiators need to be given a mandate for a massive overhaul of where Britain sits in orbit around the EU.

 

 

Europe: In or Out?
by David Charter
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The ultimate run-down of facts about the EU, from the author of Au Revoir, Europe.

 

 

Stolen Seas: How the UK suffers under the Common Fisheries Policy
by Ray Finch MEP
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Ray Finch, UKIP MEP and his party’s spokesman on Britain’s fisheries policy sets out how damaging forty years of Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy has been for Britain. With a foreword by Nigel Farage.

 

 

Where’s the Insider Advantage?
by Michael Burrage
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A review of the evidence that withdrawal from the EU would not harm the UK’s exports or foreign investment in the UK.

 

 

Manning The Pumps: A Handbook For Salvaging The Eurosceptic Credentials Of The Conservative Party
by Dr. Lee Rotherham
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Dr. Lee Rotherham offers a 20-point plan to the Conservative Party to help resolve our troubled and unsatisfactory relationship with the EU. Clarity of purpose, and an unmistakeable determination not to take “Non” for an answer are the minimum required.
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The ‘Dispossessed’, the ‘Never-Possessed’ and the ‘Bastards': Debunking Major’s Myths of the Eurosceptics
by Luke Stanley
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Between 1992 and 1993 the Maastricht Rebellion tore apart John Major’s Conservative Government. An ever-shifting group of Eurosceptic rebels consumed hours of Parliamentary time, derailed legislation and brought the government to the brink of collapse.

Euroscepticism within the Conservative Party has been growing steadily ever since. And yet the lessons of those turbulent months have yet to be learnt properly. This book sets out clearly the reasons why some MPs rebelled and others did not – and points the way to the future.

 

 

How much does the EU cost Britain? 2014 ed
by Tim Congdon
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Economist Tim Congdon examines the cost to the UK of our European Union membership. With a foreword by Gerard Batten MEP.

 

 

Top 10 Reasons to Leave the EU
by John Petley
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Much has been written about Britain’s unhappy relationship with the European Union, but although a referendum is looking increasingly likely in the next few years, many people remain unaware of just how much damage the EU has done to this country. This short and easy-to-read book sets out the main issues clearly and succinctly, spelling out the benefits of regaining our independence. An ideal for anyone still in the dark about the EU or undecided how to vote if we are given the chance to regain our freedom.

 

 

Climate: What We Know And What We Don’t
by Mike Haseler
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EU energy and environmental policy is placing enormous costs onto the economy. This paper not only explains why the European Union has embraced the idea of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change – CACC – but in this precision research the false phantom of CACC is also slain.

The EU, in its bid to save the corporates from disaster, clasped the fantasy of CACC to its bosom. This gave them kudos among the large and powerful motley crew of Green politicians, Green NGOs and lobby groups; to whom Stanley Baldwin’s words aptly apply: “enjoying the privilege of the harlot down the ages—power without responsibility”.

 

 

A Blueprint for Britain: Openness not Isolation
by Iain Mansfield
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Exiting from the EU should be used as an opportunity to embrace openness. The UK should pursue free trade agreements with major trading nations such as China, the USA and Russia and deepen its engagement with organisations such as the G8, G20 and OECD. In Europe, a priority must be to secure open trade relations, ideally by membership of the European Free Trade Area, though remaining outside the European Economic Area. Bilateral strategic relationships with allies such as Australia, Canada and France, as well as emerging powers in Asia and Latin America, should be cultivated.

 

 

The Demise of the Free State
by David G. Green
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The surrender of our sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats and a centralised legislative process has been justified solely in economic terms. But the question of EU membership is not primarily one of economics. It is about the happiness and cohesion of our nation, and the civilisation of which we have been, in Europe, the prominent guardians.

 

 

Everything You wanted to Know About the EU But Were Afraid to Ask
by Robert Oulds
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With a Referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU now firmly on the cards it is time for an open, accessible and accurate book about the EU that is free from jargon and prejudice. This is that book. The aim of this book is to inform the reader about the EU and the issues surrounding it. The book will achieve this without seeking to prejudice people into thinking one way or the other but will remain accessible, interesting and in many parts offer the reader an enjoyable grounding in all they need and want to know about the European Union.

It will use the author’s special knowledge of being at the heart of the EU debate for over a decade and convey this to all those that purchase this book. It will give the reader insights insight into how things work in the EU, the personalities involved, how the EU interacts with national governments and the wider world and of course the reader themselves. This book: Focuses on a subject that is becoming increasingly relevant both in Britain and on the continent Covers many regions and countries Includes original features which give a new perspective on the EU Is ideal for serialisation, the British press often report on books about the European Union. It is a hot debate that will not go away. This book will explain to the reader what they need to know and take advantage of a proven interest in an increasingly important topic.

 

 

Time To Jump: A Positive Vision of an Independent Britain Outside the EU in an EEA Lite
by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
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A populist and controversial book that explains in easy to understand and chatty style what problems face Britain in the UK and how they can be solved. In this book controversial Member of the European Parliament David Campbell Bannerman puts forward a radical alternative to UK membership of the European Union. Unlike many dry political tracts, this book takes a lively and engaging look at the awkward position Britain has got itself into. Drawing on his background in the real world outside of politics – most notably in the railway business – Campbell Bannerman explains in easy to understand terms and with a chatty writing style exactly what the problems are, how they affect the man in the street and what can be done about it.

With the help of carefully arranged fact, figures and opinions, Campbell Bannerman argues it is time for Britain to Jump out of the EU and into a position that he has dubbed “EEA Lite”. This is positioned between the EEA Agreement that Norway enjoys and Swiss bilateral arrangements. He charts how Britain could take the EEA as a basis and lighten it up to suit Britain’s unique strengths and needs. He sees the UK will leave the EU single market as 90% of the UK economy has nothing to do with EU trade but is forced to apply its laws. He also envisions UK exporters accepting EU laws while bringing in Swiss-style tougher visa-based immigration controls for EU nationals.

 

 

How We Invented Freedom and Why it Matters
by Daniel Hannan MEP
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This book tells the story of freedom and explains how it is a uniquely ‘British’, rather than ‘Western’, invention. It shows how the inhabitants of a damp island at the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the extraordinary idea that the state was the servant, and not the master, of the individual.

This revolutionary concept created security of property and contract which, in turn, led to industrialization and modern capitalism. For the first time in the history of the species, a system grew up which, on the whole, rewarded production over predation.

The system was carried across the oceans by English-speakers – sometimes colonial administrators, sometimes patriotic settlers – where in Philadelphia 1787, it was distilled into its purest and most sublime form as the US Constitution. Freedom is the key to the success of the English-speaking peoples and this book teaches us to keep fast to that legacy and, in our turn, to pass it intact to the next generation.

 

 

Why We Should Opt Out
by Jonathan Lindsell
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Jonathan Lindsell examines those European Union Police and Criminal Justice Measures into which the Home Office has indicated a desire to ‘opt in’. The evaluation focuses on measures with potential negative consequences for freedom, and measures which the United Kingdom would manage better outside of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) auspices – especially with regards to the European Arrest Warrant.

 

 

Which Way Out?
by The Bruges Group
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To win a referendum on leaving the EU we need to show not just why we want out but how we can best maximise the positive benefits of withdrawal.

Watch the Bruges Group Which Way Out? conference with contributions from many experts including; Christopher Booker, Dr Richard North, and the leading academics and economists the Professors Tim Congdon, Roland Vaubel and Patrick Minford.

 

 

How much does the EU cost Britain?
by Tim Congdon
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Economist Tim Congdon examines the cost to the UK of our European Union membership. With a foreword by Gerard Batten MEP. 2013 Edition.

 

 

What Have We Done?
by David G Green
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Since joining the European Economic Community (as it then was) in 1973, we have steadily lost the power to govern ourselves. This pamphlet describes the essential qualities of the free, open and democratic system we evolved in over a thousand years of national life. The issue is not the ability of the government to exercise discretionary power as such. Governments have always had a degree of flexibility. But under our constitution the fact that the government can be removed immediately by either the Commons or the Crown changes its behaviour. EU officials have been handed powers by parliament at a time when the constitutional importance of being able to oust the government has been forgotten. But, while our free system has been weakened, it has not yet been destroyed, and it falls to the generations now living to be more reliable custodians of liberty and democracy, and to restore our heritage before it’s too late. We now face a fundamental choice as a people. Do we allow the erosion of our democracy to continue? Or do we take back the responsibility that earlier generations wrenched from the grasp of recalcitrant absolute rulers?

 

 

‘Europe’ doesn’t work: A discussion of the three-million-jobs-at-risk lie and related misconceptions
by Tim Congdon
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Tim Congdon CBE, Honorary Chairman of The Freedom Association shows that British jobs won’t be at risk if the UK withdrew from the EU: jobs depend on the continuation of trade and not on continued EU membership.

The repeated claims of job losses if the UK left the EU, made by EU supporters such as Nick Clegg MP, rest on a crucial misunderstanding about trade.
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The Rotten Heart of Europe
by Bernard Connolly
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When first published in 1995, The Rotten Heart of Europe caused outrage and delight – here was a Brussels insider, a senior EU economist, daring to talk openly about the likely pitfalls of European monetary union. Bernard Connolly lost his job at the Commission, but his book was greeted as a profound and persuasive expose of the would-be ‘monetary masters of the world.’ His brave act of defiance became headline news – and his book a major international bestseller.

In a substantial new introduction, Connolly returns to his prophetic account of the double-talk surrounding the efforts of politicians, bankers and bureaucrats to force Europe into a crippling monetary straitjacket. Hidden agendas are laid bare, skulduggery exposed and economic fallacies are skewered, producing a horrifying conclusion. No one who wants to understand the workings of the EU, past, present and future can afford to miss this enthralling and deeply disturbing book.

 

 

Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left the EU?
by David Charter
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Britain’s place in the European Union is increasingly being called into question. Pressure is building for a referendum to decide whether to stay in or leave. But clear and reliable information has been hard to find on both sides of the debate. This book puts that right. It shows how much the EU really costs, charts Britain’s declining influence and reveals the plans for ‘more Europe’ being discussed in Brussels. It cuts through the hysteria on both sides of the argument to analyse the alternatives available for business, consumers and diplomats. The central issue of trade, cited by David Cameron as a key reason for continued EU membership, is tackled head-on. The book also explores what leaving the European club would mean for jobs, travel, security and the British way of life. Is now the time to say ‘Au Revoir, Europe’? ‘I wanted to believe in Europe,’ David Charter said. ‘But when you are constantly told there is no alternative, the questions start. This book provides the answers.’

 

 

Britain & Europe: a new relationship
by Ruth Lea & Brian Binley MP
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Would Britain be better off outside the EU’s Single Market, with a relationship more like that Switzerland has?

 

 

The EU in a Nutshell: Everything you wanted to know about the European Union but didn’t know who to ask
by Dr. Lee Rotherham
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Discover the truth about the EU. “There are 70 words in the Lord’s Prayer, 271 in the Gettysburg Address and 313 in the Ten Commandments. European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1284/2002, laying down the marketing size for hazelnuts (in shell), runs to 2,509 words.” The European Union is a tough nut to crack. Ever-present in political debates and pub conversations, how much do we really know about it? Regarded by some as a bureaucratic and undemocratic monster, others see it as a glorious economic and political union presiding over a Europe of unprecedented peace and stability. But what’s the reality? This book gives readers the answers in a nutshell. Author Lee Rotherham has painstakingly compiled thousands of fascinating stats, curious quotes and outright oddities relating to the EU, ranging from the serious to the silly.

 

 

Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership
by Ian Milne
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Evidence is accumulating that membership of the EU imposes a heavy ongoing net cost on the UK economy possibly in excess of ten per cent of GDP, over £140 billion a year at 2009 prices. Long before the 2010 euro crisis a consensus existed (amongst member-state governments, the Commission itself, NGOs, business and academia) that in the decades to come continental EU s prospects, as a market and an economy, are dire. That consensus is strengthening. As much as 60 per cent of UK exports already go outside the EU, using the author s estimates for the effect of distortions on trade statistics. Since 2000 they have been growing almost 40 per cent faster than exports to the EU. Growth in export markets is almost certainly going to occur in the 95 per cent of global population outside EU-26, rather than in the five per cent inside EU-26. That being so, the UK s first priority ought to be to decide how its trading arrangements with the world outside the EU should be configured. That decision would condition the extent to which the UK s relationship with the EU Single Market should be changed. Full withdrawal would be one of the options. The author examines these and other questions in some detail, including the three main alternatives (for the UK) to EU membership. He concludes by sketching out the mechanics, timetable, management and consequences of full UK withdrawal.

 

 

The Ultimate Plan B

by David Campbell Bannerman MEP

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A Positive Vision of an independent Britain outside The European Union.

 

 

Ten Years On: Britain Without the European Union
by Dr. Lee Rotherham
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Britain has been a member of the European Union for a third of a century, enduring all the waste, fraud and red tape that Brussels could imagine. But what would it be like if one day Britain just said ‘Enough’? Ten Years On takes us to a world where it has done just that.

 

 

Brussels Laid Bare
by Marta Andreasen MEP
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The story of how the EU treated its chief accountant when she refused to go along with its fraud and waste.

 

 

The Great European Rip-off: How the Corrupt, Wasteful EU is Taking Control of Our Lives
by Matthew Elliott and David Craig
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What do we get for the huge sums of money the EU costs us? Politicians and administrators selflessly working to bring us efficient government? Well-targeted regulations that promote economic prosperity? A safe and free society? A well-protected environment? Help for people in poorer countries? Or is our money being squandered by a self-serving euro-elite of unaccountable politicians and incompetent bureaucrats, or else devoured in a feeding frenzy of fraud and corruption where a few lucky insiders become unimaginably rich at our expense? And is the tsunami of regulation pouring out of Brussels in reality strangling industry, destroying jobs, restricting personal freedom, desecrating the environment and further impoverishing the developing world?

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