Seeking the Common Good

Every Conservative Prime Minister, from Macmillan to Cameron, has recognised the importance of strong and committed British participation in European political and economic institutions. The Conservative Group for Europe was founded almost fifty years ago initially to campaign for British membership of the European Economic Community and thereafter for Britain to play a leading role in the European Union. Although the 2016 Referendum was flawed, Britain is now embarking on a course to leave the EU. The role of the CGE in these new circumstances is to campaign to preserve the fullest practicable political and economic co-operation between Britain and the European Union in pursuit of our shared interests, prosperity and security. This paper is the first of a series that will look at the economic and political impacts on specific issues and sectors of a range of policy options related to the Brexit negotiations.


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Edward Bickham

Deputy Chair

Edward is a former Special Adviser to Douglas Hurd (as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, including during the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty). He is the author of CGE paper: ‘Seeking the Common Ground – Building a new constructive relationship between Britain and the European Union’ (2017).