Bretwalda Author in Brexit Prize Runoff
Yesterday evening a joint submission from Rory Broomfield, Bretwalda author and Director of The Freedom Association, and Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, narrowly missed out on claiming the Institute of Economic Affair's (IEA) Brexit Prize, coming second out of nearly 150 entrants.
The Brexit Prize required entrants to imagine a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU) had resulted in an "out" vote and the Government had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Against that background, Rory and Iain composed a blueprint for the UK outside of the UK - covering the process of withdrawal and the post-exit repositioning of the UK in the global trading and governance system.
The initial 149 submissions to the Brexit Prize were whittled down to a final 6, with the winner decided at a central London ceremony and the €100,000 prize was presented by The Rt Hon. the Lord Lawson of Blaby PC, former Chancellor of the Exchequer. The submission which came second was awarded €10,000 and the submission which came third €5,000.
Further information on the winning submission and the other submissions can be found on the IEA's web site.
Following the announcement that The Freedom Association's submission had secured second place, Simon Richards, Chief Executive of The Freedom Association commented:
"The significance of the IEA's Brexit Prize cannot be overstated; it provides a practical step to a brighter, more prosperous and more democratic future for the people of the United Kingdom. I should like to congratulate the worthy winner and to thank the IEA for organising the prize.
The Freedom Association is honoured to have worked with Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute on the runner-up entry. Lord Lawson said there was barely a "cigarette paper" between 1st and 2nd place. I am immensely proud of the work that Iain, and my colleague, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, have done to help bring this country a step closer to regaining its freedom and independence from EU rule."
Rupert Matthews, Editorial Director of Bretwalda Books, added "Rory has written some inspirational books for us on a variety of topics. We are delighted that he has achieved such a success. Our congratulations go also to Rory's partner in pen Iain Murray.