In the Press - The Cabinet starts to split

28 June 2017
Financial Times
As Charles Grant, director of the CER writes in a valuable new upsum of the UK negotiating position: “[Mr Hammond] has not yet risked war with the Eurosceptics by stating in public that linking to the Customs Union is a long-term option, but in private he is reported to be in favour.”

In the Press - After Grenfell tower fire, UK asks: Has deregulation gone too far?

28 June 2017
The New York Times
Simon Tilford, an economist and deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, said: “We’re seeing the biggest challenge to this 40-year drive to marginalize or discredit the state and its role in the economy and society. Grenfell Tower had such impact because it symbolizes for many in Britain the retreat of the state, visible in badly maintained social housing and the failure to build more social housing.”

In the Press - Lesley Riddoch on Brexit: Leaving EU is simpler than staying in

26 June 2017
The Scotsman
The EU has told Switzerland that it must rethink restrictions on migration or lose access to the single market. According to an influential 2016 report for the Centre for European Reform (CER): “The current Swiss model is broken and will never be accepted again by the EU.”

In the Press - Can Brexit be stopped? The answer is in our hands

23 June 2017
The Guardian
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform imagines the reaction once, say, Airbus leaves the UK, along with various car companies. “If in that period, the macroeconomic truth dawns, that the trade lost is far greater than any trade gained by new agreements around the world, people might begin to think again.” Grant reckons the democratic catharsis of exit might be a necessary first step: “We have to get out before we can get closer.”

In the Press - Brexit: Do we stand a chance?

22 June 2017
London Business School
“The EU is very self-confident now,” said Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform. “The eurozone is growing fast, (Emmanuel) Macron is a powerful new figure who will revitalise the Franco-German relationship and (Donald) Trump and Brexit are creating solidarity amongst European governments. They (the EU) feel they’re not going to have to make any concessions at all. They laugh at the idea that anything could destabilise the eurozone.”

In the Press - The EU should spell out options for Britain

20 June 2017
The Evening Standard
Writing for the Centre for European Reform, Simon Tilford suggested last week that once we have agreement on citizens’ rights and the £60 billion-plus exit fee, which presumably Boris Johnson will suggest should be paid with funds sucked out of the NHS, then the EU should spell out publicly for British consumption the remaining options to fuel an informed debate.

In the Press - Negotiations begin over British split from European Union

19 June 2017
The Washington Post
“They can be more relaxed about Britain crashing out without a deal that could destabilize the EU economy and destabilize the euro zone,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - EU has negotiating team of all talents

19 June 2017
The Times
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a British think tank, has stated that Brexit will not be a single event but a process. This process commenced with the triggering of Article 50, the formal notification to leave. Negotiations must be completed within two years from the date of commencement, unless a time extension is allowed.

In the Press - Macron wins majority in French parliament, pollsters project

18 June 2017
“Though Emmanuel Macron and Tony Blair have much in common, Blair never sought to smash the UK’s party system, which EM has done in France,” Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said in a Twitter posting, referring to the British prime minister who won three straight elections from 1997.

In the Press - Seizing the initiative

16 June 2017
Financial Times
The question is whether in 10-15 years the EU side will regret not taking a more proactive approach based on how close a relationship the bloc actually wants with Britain. Here Simon Tilford and John Springford of the Centre for European Reform have some ideas. If Britain makes some progress on the divorce issues, they want the EU to respond “by laying out in public, and in some detail, the four options facing Britain”.