In the Press - UK in 'cloud cuckoo land': EU insider says Brexit trade talks ten times harder than bill

21 October 2017
The Express
The director for the Centre of European Reform has warned that the EU believe Britain are in "cloud-cuckoo land" over Brexit talks since the Government does not understand how difficult trade talks will be.

In the Press - With hardcore Brexiteers urging 'no deal', Labour's duty is clear

20 October 2017
The Guardian
If that sounds relatively smooth, think again. The current phase will be “a picnic in the park compared to the bloody battlefield of what’s ahead”, says Charles Grant, of the Centre for European Reform. Not least because May and her cabinet have never agreed on what the future UK-EU relationship should look like. The premature triggering of article 50 meant Britain entered negotiations not knowing what it wanted: never a smart move.

In the Press - Britain confronts tough German line on Brexit

19 October 2017
Financial Times
“The Germans are very focused on the money and do not appear too bothered about the impact on British politics of their holding out,” added Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank. “They are convinced a firm line is in the EU’s interests.”

In the Press - Brexit heat on May

19 October 2016
The Telegraph
Britain is not seen as a credible negotiating partner," said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based research institute.

In the Press - For Theresa May, the Brexit news only gets worse

17 October 2017
The New York Times
“Britain is not seen as a credible negotiating partner,” said Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, a London-based research institute. “Continental Europeans read Britain’s newspapers and watch its TV news, and it seems very confused. They don’t know who is in charge, and who speaks for the government.”

In the Press - Deal or no deal, there's no number in the Brexit box that will please the British public

19 October 2017
The Metro
The Centre For European Reform (CER) says the total cost could be between 2.2% (£40bn) and could reach 9% of GDP (£180bn) a year, anti-EU Business For Britain says it would cost £7.4bn a year. 

In the Press - What to do with a problem like Turkey

17 October 2017
Financial Times
Luigi Scazzieri, at the Centre for European Reform, thinks it's time for some creative thinking on a new EU-Turkey relationship: "The EU should keep the accession process alive to avoid accelerating the negative spiral in bilateral relations. At the same time it should attempt to formulate a new framework for a partnership with Turkey. If, as is possible, the EU moves towards a membership made up of several tiers, there would be space for countries to be associated with certain elements of the Union but not others – in other words some form of associate membership. Turkey could aspire to join an outer ring, perhaps with deep access to the single market but no freedom of movement."

In the Press - The Observer view on EU negotiations

15 October 2017
The Observer
The immediate imposition, for example, of EU tariffs on British exports, ranging from 4% to 40%, would be massively disruptive. Among the hardest hit would be the car industry, the UK’s fastest-growing exporter of manufactured goods, according to a study by the Centre for European Reform.