In the Press - Scottish border checks on Northern Ireland goods ‘playing with fire’

18 October 2020
The Telegraph
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform think tank, cautioned that any such checks could undermine the Withdrawal Agreement, which gave the Government the power to define which Northern Ireland goods qualified for unfettered access to the UK’s internal market.

In the Press - El divorcio sin fin de la City y Bruselas

17 October 2020
El Pais
“No creo que vaya a haber ninguna perturbación repentina porque la industria financiera ya ha puesto en marcha planes de contingencia y porque muchos Gobiernos ya están actuando como si no fuera a haber acuerdo y otorgarán equivalencia para las operaciones transfronterizas que consideren necesarias”, opina John Springford, director adjunto del centro de estudios Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - With Brexit clock ticking, Boris Johnson vows, again, to walk away

16 October 2020
The New York Times
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, a research institute, described the prime minister’s statement as “high-stakes theatrics” and said he still believed that a deal was more likely than not because both sides had recently shifted on some of their red lines.

In the Press - Tür für Brexit-Lösung Spalt breit offen

16 October 2020
Wiener Zeitung
So würden Brexit und Covid-19 eine "toxische Mischung" ergeben, schreiben John Springford und Tomas Hirst in einem aktuellen Beitrag für die in London ansässige Denkfabrik CER (Centre for European Reform). 

In the Press - Turkey is growing more assertive on the world stage but also more isolated

16 October 2020
Euronews
"The shift towards a more assertive policy coincides with [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's alliance with the ultranationalist MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] since 2015 and the strengthening of his rule after the failed coup in 2016," Luigi Scazzieri, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said to Euronews.

In the Press - Farmers, greens and animal-lovers make doing trade deals difficult

15 October 2020
The Economist
“The US is asking the UK to import beef that’s been puffed up with hormones, meat that’s been washed with chemicals and crops that have been grown using vast quantities of pesticides,” says Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform. “None of that is very appealing on paper.”

In the Press - Macron has overplayed his hand by holding Brexit to ransom over fish

14 October 2020
The Telegraph
“In private, the Germans are very worried,” said Charles Grant from the Centre for European Reform. “Macron is going to come under intense pressure to give ground, but he is so arrogant and bloody-minded that he may just go it alone as did over the 6-month Brexit extension.”

In the Press - EU outrage: Abuse of international law by numerous member states exposed

14 October 2020
Express
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, a research fellow at the Brussels-based Centre for European Reform, highlighted in her article for the Guardian this year that countries across Europe are far from guilt-free. Mrs Gostynska-Jakubowska highlighted examples where EU nations have seen international law and democracy threatened.

In the Press - Is Trump or Biden better for post-Brexit Britain?

14 October 2020
Voice of America
The British government is looking to the United States for a new trade deal to boost its economy. However, any hopes that such a deal would be quick and easy have faded rapidly, says Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform, in a recent interview.  

In the Press - The future UK-EU relationship on professional and business services

13 October 2020
House of Lords - European Union Committee
Sam Lowe, senior research fellow, Centre for European Reform, emphasised the relationship between these sectors and manufacturing exports, saying that: “ a lot of smaller SMEs do not think they are linked to the broader global market, but they are. A lot of them service local manufacturers, and because they are servicing local manufacturers their value is, I suppose, generated ultimately through a manufacturing export. The value added from services embodied in manufacturing exports is significant “.