Welcome to the Campaign for an Independent Britain
The Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB) was formed in 1969 as a cross party coalition opposed to Common Market entry in 1973. we are an umbrella group supported by public donations with an elected executive of up to 14 members that has become recognised as the leading group of eurosceptic campaigners in the UK, being one of the few groups which has advocated withdrawal from what is now the European Union ever since the UK joined.
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The Campaign for an Independent Britain held a highly successful workshop about leaving the EU at the International Hotel, Derby on Friday 11 July
Visitors attended from a wide area, stretching from the West Midlands to Northampton and even Kent; the age range was from 15 to 80s. Papers delivered by John Harrison on the euro currency (“Dividing Europe, Destroying Lives”) and by by Robert Oulds (“ The heavy lifting of realistic negotiation – Norway and beyond, “having it all”) were appreciatively received. Questioning was vigorous and constructive.
The meeting started out with quite a wide range of views from the audience but it was noticeable that by the end, that a great deal of consensus had arisen from listening to the introduction, the papers and watching the film “The Norway Option”. Apprehension about the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was much reduced. One member of the audience, a former colonial civil servant, dismissed the idea of quick, substantial re-alliance with the Commonwealth countries as wishful thinking although opportunities for gradual rapprochement would be available outside the EU political structure.
One of our patrons, Heather Wheeler MP (South Derbyshire Conservative) attended the middle part of the proceedings, watching the “Norway Option” film and contributing to the discussion.