- B.A., Modern History, Oriel College, Oxford. 
Hannan is known for his hardline anti-EU views, having helped found both the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs in the 1990s and the Vote Leave campaign. , 
He is also the founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade, a thinktank based until 2018 at 57 Tufton Street which promotes “the moral case for open commerce” and has pushed for a UK–US free trade deal post-Brexit. , , , 
Hannan has spoken at events organised by the conservative, climate-science-denying US thinktank, the Heritage Foundation, and has ties to a trans-Atlantic network of groups and individuals spreading climate disinformation and supporting the UK’s exit from the EU and Donald Trump’s presidency. , 
DeSmog reported in November 2018 that Hannan was working with a number of prominent Brexit supporters to set up a “Museum of Communist Terror” to highlight the crimes and failures of Communist regimes. The group includes Viscount Matt Ridley, an adviser to the climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation and Eamonn Butler from the Adam Smith Institute. Chloe Westley, formerly of the TaxPayers’ Alliance and Vote Leave, and a special adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was previously listed as a Director. , , 
Hannan was president of the Young Britons’ Foundation, a self-described “Conservative madrasa” whose executive director has called global warming “a scam.” The YBF closed in 2016 following the suicide of a young Conservative activist whose father described the organisation as a “cult.” The group had close ties with US conservative organisations such as the Young America’s Foundation. , , 
Hannan was also listed as a director of Project Maja from July to August 2015 in Companies House records. The company’s registered address was 55 Tufton Street, the home of many of the UK‘s most prominent free-market thinktanks, including the climate science denial group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Project Maja was dissolved in December 2016 without ever filing accounts or officially declaring its Nature of Business. , 
Stance on Climate Change
“Boris is quite right to decline Channel 4’s summons. Why the hell should he allow the agenda to be set by people who hate him? 
“The whole premise of Channel 4’s programme was loaded. Why do a debate just on the climate emergency? Can you imagine them doing a special debate on the “illegal immigration emergency” or the “debt emergency” or the “knife crime emergency”?” 
“Let’s accept what seems to be the consensus that the world is warming partly as a result of human activity. How we then deal with that is a political rather than a scientific question. And the particular issue is how much we spend on seeking very slightly to mitigate the rise in temperatures with huge sums of money versus adapting with a fractional sum of money. 
“I look around the world and I see that in Helsinki the mean temperature is about five degrees, in Athens it is about 21 degrees, in Rio it’s about 35 degrees – all support large populations. I think we might just be able to adapt.” 
“There are some crybabies on both sides of the Atlantic who don’t accept the verdict of the people as final […] it’s the slightly spoiled millennials, the generation of the safe spaces and micro-aggressions […] it was entirely in their minds about ‘am I a nice cosmopolitan, outwards-looking person, or am I an evil bigot?’” 
October 4 2020
Hannan spoke alongside Liz Truss and Shanker Singham at a fringe Conservative Party Conference event hosted by the US think tank Heritage Foundation. The talk, “UK Free Trade After Brexit: The United States and Beyond”, was chaired by Ted Bromund, a research fellow at the Foundation, who told the Party Conference in 2016 that the UK’s climate policy, “exists entirely to make yourself feel good about yourselves”.
Speaking at the online event, Hannan argued that: “forming against us is a coalition of all sorts of people who don’t like trade, don’t like capitalism, who don’t like America (or certainly don’t like Trump’s America) don’t like meat, don’t like the modern market economy.” Hannan continued that “added to them are lots of perfectly well-meaning people, genuinely good, sincere, moderate people, altruistic people, who think that they’re doing their bit to reduce food miles or improve the environment or support our farmers or whatever it is.”  
September 4, 2020
February 23, 2020
Hannan wrote an article for The Telegraph criticising Extinction Rebellion, which he described as a “profoundly illiberal, anti-democratic and misanthropic movement,” and a “medieval religious cult.” 
March 1, 2019
Hannan wrote an article in the Washington Examiner criticising the school climate strikes, writing: “The young protesters evidently believe that they are Virtuous People marching against Evil People.” 
December 13, 2018
The group of MEPs Hannan leads in the European Parliament was forced to repay €535,000 in EU funds after an investigation found the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe grouping had spent large sums of money on luxury events with little apparent relevance to the EU, The Guardian learned. 
November 13, 2018
Hannan founded a campaign to launch a “Museum of Communist Terror,” which, according to its website, aims to “keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century.” Other figures involved in the initiative included Chloe Westley, a former campaign manager for the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Adam Smith Institute Co-Founder Eamonn Butler, and coal baron and climate “lukewarmer” Matt Ridley, who joined the museum as honorary President.  
The Guardian revealed Hannan’s Initiative for Free Trade had been overseeing “shadow trade talks” with other UK and US libertarian groups, including the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, in a drive to remove EU safety standards on food and drugs through a UK–US free trade deal. 
September 27, 2017
Hannan launched the Initiative for Free Trade, then called the Institute for Free Trade, at the UK Foreign Office. Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both spoke at the launch event. 
February 1, 2017
Hannan hosted a conference in Brussels. On the programme were climate science denier and Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) advisor Matt Ridley and Myron Ebell, former head of President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team and director of the libertarian US think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Climate denier and UKIP MEP Roger Helmer and the GWPF’s director Benny Peiser were also in attendance. 
Hannan spoke at an event for the anti-regulation US thinktank, the Heritage Foundation. Speaking at the think tank’s offices in Washington D.C., about a post-Brexit US–UK trade deal Hannan told the audience: “If it’s good enough on your side of the Atlantic it’s good enough on ours,” adding that “in reality of course the deal is unlikely to be done just by Heritage and me,” drawing laughter from the crowd. 
He said: “Our state machines will get their hands into it and they of course will try to make it about everything except trade. They’ll make it about ecological standards, and women’s rights, and child labour, and everything except the free exchange of goods and services, and that’s what opens the door to the corporate capture.” 
- Conservative Party — Former MEP. 
- Vote Leave — Founder. 
- European Research Group — Co-founder. 
- Initiative for Free Trade — Founding president. 
- Heritage Foundation — Speaker. 
- Cato Institute — Collaborated on UK–US “shadow” free trade talks. 
- The Cobden Centre — Director. 
- Museum of Communist Terror — Director. 
- Young Britons’ Foundation — Former president. 
- Project Maja — Former director. 
A selection of articles by Hannan, published in The Telegraph and the Washington Examiner, can be found below:
- “Socialism, the default ideology of teen Manichaeans,” Washington Examiner, March 1, 2019.
- “I helped found the ERG – accusations of extremism are ridiculous,” The Telegraph, February 24, 2019.
- “These Left-wing slurs on Churchill are part of a bigger war on British history,” The Telegraph, February 16, 2019.
- “Singapore shows us how we might make a success of Brexit – even if it’s by accident,” The Telegraph, January 27, 2019.
- “The EU has shown that it wants Britain as a subject, not an ally,” The Telegraph, January 20, 2019.
- “Donald Trump downgrades EU diplomats — good!” Washington Examiner, January 14, 2019.
- “Blame Remainers for opening the door to a no-deal Brexit, but it may now be the least painful option,” The Telegraph, December 23, 2018.
- “Dan Hannan: A US–UK deal will revolutionize world trade,” Washington Examiner, September 17, 2018.
- “Dan Hannan: The real story, and why Tommy Robinson belongs in prison,” Washington Examiner, June 4, 2018.
Rachel Sylvester, Alice Thomson. “Daniel Hannan: the Tory Eurosceptic MEP whom Labour loves to hate,” The Times, October 5, 2009. Archived April 1, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/q28Z7
Daniel Hannan. “I helped found the ERG – accusations of extremism are ridiculous,” The Telegraph, February 24, 2019. Archived April 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/farxr
Rajeev Syal, Jessica Elgot. “Leading Brexiter claims EU citizens in UK will be given voting rights,” The Guardian, October 25, 2008. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/OfBw5
James Moore. “Daniel Hannan’s Initiative for Free Trade bangs the brexit drum, but who’s paying for the sticks?” The Independent, November 21, 2018. Archived April 1, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/r2g4C
Felicity Lawrence. “Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US?” The Guardian, December 4, 2018. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/SQWs3
“Brexit and the Opportunities for a Deeper Anglo-American Alliance,” Heritage Foundation, November 7, 2017. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/e8Rbg. YouTube video uploaded by user “The Heritage Foundation” on November 7, 2017. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
Kyla Mandel. “Mapped: New Special Relationship for America and Britain Emerges with Climate Science Deniers Linked to Trump and Brexit,” DeSmog, January 16, 2017.
Chloe Farand. “Senior Vote Leave Members Join Forces to Create a ‘Museum of Communist Terror’ In The UK,” DeSmog, November 13, 2018.
Robert Booth. “‘Tory madrasa’ preaches radical message to would-be MPs,” The Guardian, March 6, 2010. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/othlj
Christopher Hope. “Right-wing activists’ conference called off in wake of ‘Tatler Tory’ bullying scandal,” The Telegraph, December 7, 2015. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/HOwFy
“Global warming: scientists are not always the right experts,” YouTube video uploaded by user “DanHannan” on December 15, 2014. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
“Millennials, Regulations Hamper Trade Deal Success Brexiteer Tells Climate Denying Heritage Foundation,” DeSmog, December 7, 2016.
Daniel Hannan. “Socialism, the default ideology of teen Manichaeans,” Washington Examiner, March 1, 2019. Archived April 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/WUG4n
Jennifer Rankin. “Daniel Hannan’s MEP group told to repay €535,000 in EU funds,” The Guardian, December 13, 2018. Archived April 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/8bXsb
Michael Savage. “Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs,” The Guardian, February 17, 2018. Archived April 2, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/WKhmI
Mat Hope. “Introducing the Institute for Free Trade: A New Pro-Brexit Thinktank tied to the UK’s Climate Science Denier Network,” DeSmog, September 27, 2017.
Mat Hope. “European Conservatives Shun US–UK Climate Science Denier’s Anti-Expert Rhetoric as ‘Incredibly Dangerous’,” DeSmog, February 1, 2017.
Eleanor Langford. “Boris Johnson awards peerages to Tory donors and Brexit supporters,” Politics Home, February 7, 2020. Archived August 31, 2020. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/25xro
Andrew Woodcock. “Boris Johnson gives peerage to ex-MEP who branded Lords ‘inconsequential nobodies’,” Independent, December 22, 2020. Archived December 22, 2020. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/w36ho
Daniel Hannan. “Channel 4 News has given up any pretence at accuracy, seriousness or responsibly. I won’t appear on it again. Twitter thread by @DanielJHannan, started June 15, 2019. Retrieved from Twitter.com. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.
“Tony Abbott: Ex-Australian PM appointed UK trade adviser,” BBC News, September 4, 2020. Archived September 7, 2020. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/1ZAsV
Victoria Seabrook. “Climate Science Denying US Neocon Groups Promote ‘Simple’ and ‘Freer’ Trade with UK at Tory Party Conference,” Desmog, October 5, 2016.
“UK Free Trade After Brexit: The United States and Beyond,” YouTube video uploaded by user Think Tent on October 4, 2020. Archived October 6, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/NgFvK
Daniel Hannan. “The police’s inaction over Extinction Rebellion is criminally disturbing,” The Telegraph, February 23, 2020. Archived February 2, 2021. Archive.vn URL: https://archive.vn/XSYvC
Chloe Farand. “Senior Vote Leave Members Join Forces to Create a ‘Museum of Communist Terror’ In The UK,” DeSmogUK, November 13, 2018. Archived March 1, 2021. Archive.vn URL: https://archive.vn/n1qup
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