- Margaret Thatcher criticised the supra-national ambitions of the EU in 1988 in Bruges. (Photo: www.dailymail.co.uk)
The then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made a speech in the Belgian town of Bruges in 1988 in which she criticised the supra-national ambitions of the EU and supported French President Charles de Gaulle's vision of a "Europe of Nations".
- A Bruges Group was founded in Britain to support her ideas.
- Many important political speeches are still delivered at the College of Europe in Bruges.