Conservatives for Britain

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A Eurosceptic political pressure group within the Conservative Party.

  • Original url not working, but is on archive.org, as at Oct.03.2016: Supporters

Conservatives for Britain (CfB) was founded in Jun.2015, shortly after GE-2015.[1] It was initially formed to "forge a new relationship between Britain and the EU based on free trade and friendly co-operation, rather than political union". The objective was to formally pressure[2] David Cameron in his efforts to re-negotiate EU membership terms. CfB warned that it would support "Leave" in the forthcoming referendum.[3]

In Oct.2015, CfB unequivocally announced its support for the Vote Leave campaign, should the European Union not back the fundamental changes demanded – in denial of its earlier statements that it was not a "nascent out campaign".[4]

Conservatives for Britain was a group of eurosceptic Conservative parliamentarians who were instrumental in delivering the referendum result. Co-chaired by Steve Baker MP and David Campbell-Bannerman MEP, it was supported by scores of Conservative MPs and other senior figures including Lord Lawson and Lord Lamont. They called for a fundamental change in the UK’s relationship with the EU, before throwing their support behind Vote Leave after the failure of David Cameron’s renegotiation. Conservatives for Britain supporters included Bernard Jenkin MP who also played a vital role in co-ordinating the govt’s defeat over purdah rules in the EU referendum, ensuring a level playing field for the final weeks of the campaign.

Aims

In Feb.2016, CfB's "About" page held the following statement:

Conservatives for Britain is the campaign representing the large number of Conservative Party supporters who want to see a new relationship between Britain and the EU based on free trade and friendly co-operation, rather than political union.

We are supported by thousands of Conservative Party councillors, members and supporters from all parts of the United Kingdom.

Conservatives for Britain originally launched in Jun.2015 to help underscore the Prime Minister’s renegotiation and maximise the chance of fundamental change being delivered. Now that this process has resulted in only minor reforms, we are fully supporting the Vote Leave campaign in advocating a 'leave' vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.

We take an optimistic, globalist view of Britain’s future. We believe that Britain will both increase its global influence and be economically successful by taking back control from the EU.

As we predicted at our launch in June, the EU has let us down so we will stand up for Britain. The EU is an institution rooted in the past and is proving incapable of reforming to meet the big technological, demographic and economic challenges of our time.

— Michael Gove, Feb.2016


People

References

  1. ^ About Conservatives for Britain. Steve Baker, SteveBaker.info, Jun.06.2015.
  2. ^ 'Conservatives for Britain' pressure PM over EU talks. BBC News, Jun.07.2015.
  3. ^ 50 Tories plot Britain's exit from EU. Tim Ross, The Telegraph, Jun.06.2015.
  4. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cfb-2015.10.08