In the Press - Trump envoy's cheap Brexit promises

14 August 2019
Politico
“What Bolton is proposing is not realistic," said Sam Lowe from the Centre for European Reform. "Why would Congress sign off on anything that doesn’t have agriculture included?”"All Congress cares about is agriculture and dismantling the EU’s regulatory approach to food and chemicals,” Lowe argued. Any deal that falls short of that would not be ratified, regardless of Bolton's assurances.

In the Press - The US-UK post-Brexit trade deal is too good to be true

13 August 2019
Yahoo Finance
In fact, Centre for European Reform’s trade expert Sam Lowe pointed out that "the reason for this is that the EU actually offered this approach to the US as a means of getting away from the trade war by saying 'let’s find a solution'.”

In the Press - Trump accused of ‘dangling a carrot’ with trade deals

13 August 2019
Evening Standard
Sam Lowe, of the Centre for European Reform, told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It could be seen as him dangling a  carrot in front of us when actually he just wants our support in other areas.”

In the Press - US-UK trade deal: Too good to be true?

13 August 2019
BBC News
The UK is "first in line" for a trade deal with the US, President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton has said. And deals could be reached on a sector by sector basis.However, Sam Lowe, trade expert at the Centre for European Reform, is sceptical, particularly if the Trump administration proposed an agreement that focused on industrial goods and excluded agriculture to begin with.

In the Press - Brexit: US promises fast‑track trade deals for Britain and backs no‑deal

13 August 2019
The Times
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, said: “The EU offered just this sort of deal to the US as a way of de-escalating the trade war and the US turned it down. That makes me sceptical that doing these sort of sector-by-sector deals is politically possible in America."

In the Press - Germany debates loosening purse strings to fund climate measures

11 August 2019
Financial Times
“From an international perspective it has long been incomprehensible that a country as fiscally sound and economically strong as Germany is not using the unique opportunity of low interest rates to invest in its future growth,” said Christian Odendahl, chief economic at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - A no-deal Brexit won’t be a clean break: This nightmare will go on for ever

09 August 2019
The Guardian
“The economic disruption will still be there,” says Sam Lowe, trade analyst at the Centre for European Reform. “It just might not be visible.”

In the Press - America has the upper hand in a trade deal with Britain

09 August 2019
The Atlantic
Paradoxically, though, “some of the things [the US is] asking for make a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland more probable,” Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform in London, told me.

In the Press - Boris Johnson eyes election in 'days after' Brexit

08 August 2019
Financial Times
Sam Lowe, a senior Brexit research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said that while the “full consequences of no-deal will take a while to settle in”, he predicted that “issues will begin to emerge from day one”. He added: “Holding a general election days after seems remarkably reckless in that the management of no-deal will require a focused government committed to the task at hand, with ministers ready to take decisions, not half the cabinet on a battle bus in Devon and the civil service constrained by purdah.”

In the Press - The rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

07 August 2019
The Telegraph
Charles Grant, the director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said the fact that both the migrant and Eurozone crises have now been contained provides grounds for cautious optimism that the rise in far-Right ideology and anti-semitism will not become the 'new normal' for Europe."The results of last May's EU elections from across almost all of Europe suggested that the far-Right populist surge has peaked in the majority of EU countries," he added.

Future events

Labour Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

24 September 2019
Speakers: Hilary Benn MP, Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union, Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI and Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
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Conservative Party Conference fringe event on 'What route out of the Brexit maze?'

01 October 2019
Speakers: Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Member of Parliament, House of Commons and Rory Stewart, Member of Parliament Chair: Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Please note this event is within the secure area, so passes will be needed.