In the Press - Inching our way towards Jersey

12 July 2018
Financial Times
“The EU will probably reject Theresa May’s Chequers compromise. Rather than confronting the EU on its fundamental principles, the UK should build upon the foundations of a customs union,” wrote Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

In the Press - Chequers plan for EU goods rules out Indian trade deal

12 July 2018
The Times
Sam Lowe, a trade expert at the Centre for European Reform think-tank, said: “If the UK remains bound by the EU’s approach to plant and animal health it will remain unable to address many of the concerns laid out by India, potentially making a far-reaching free trade agreement all the more difficult.”

In the Press - Donald Trump UK visit: When is Trump coming to the UK? Will he visit London?

10 July 2018
The Express
Ian Bond, director of Foreign Policy and the Centre for European Reform, said: “Trump’s visit will be more of a minefield than manna from heaven for the Prime Minister. "He is hugely unpopular in the UK, and her invitation to him to pay a State Visit attracted a lot of criticism."

In the Press - NATO, the Queen, Putin and some golf – Trump has a busy week coming up

10 July 2018
CNBC
Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Monday that the “special relationship” between the UK and US is “quite fraught at the moment.” “President Trump isn’t particularly popular in the UK. Last week, there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the fact that someone is going to fly an air balloon with an effigy of Trump in a nappy and that’s been allowed in London. I don’t think he takes very well to personal insults, so he will notice it,” Lowe said. “So there’s problems there on the transatlantic side.”

In the Press - NATO desperate to avoid rerun of disastrous G7 summit

10 July 2018
Deutsche Welle
"We're absolutely right to be nervous," said Sophia Besch, a fellow with the Centre for European Reform (CER), about the possibility a Trump-Merkel clash could derail the summit. "[Trump] is framing the 2 per cent as the golden ticket for any European leaders to get into his good graces, and that's why everyone is so worried." Only seven allies other than the US invest in their militaries at the desired level, though all 29 are increasing their defense budgets now, a trend that started in 2014.

In the Press - Trump will be May's 'GUEST FROM HELL' during UK visit, former diplomat warns

09 July 2018
The Express
US President Donald Trump will be Theresa May's "guest from hell" when he arrives in the UK on Friday, with the British Prime Minister locked in a desperate battle to stay in her job after the sensational resignations of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis, former diplomat Ian Bond has said.

In the Press - Nato summit: Europe's fight to overcome its reliance on US for defence

09 July 2018
The Times
Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, fears that the EU’s defence fund plan could turn into European protectionism if Britain is excluded. “EU strategic autonomy is not achievable without the UK,” she said.

In the Press - Theresa May restores cabinet collective responsibility

07 July 2018
Financial Times
Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform said Brussels regarded Mrs May’s customs plan as “unworkable” and her EU-UK free trade area still looked like cherry-picking of aspects of the single market.

In the Press - Cream tea and compromise as May secures another reprieve

07 July 2018
The Guardian
Writing for the Observer, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, who is in close touch with senior figures in Brussels, says: “The EU will reject Theresa May’s proposals. It views her complex customs proposals as unworkable and believes that the four freedoms of the single market are indivisible – movement of goods must go with labour, services and capital. If the UK could ‘cherrypick’ the single market, others might seek a similar status, thereby undermining the EU’s strength and cohesion.”

In the Press - May tames divided Tories as business cheers soft Brexit plan

07 July 2018
Bloomberg
“The EU will not go along with this, but I’m interested to see if they string it out so as to get the withdrawal agreement over the line,” Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, said.

In the Press - Brexit dividend will be cashed in euros

06 July 2018
Reuters
John Springford of the Centre for European Reform estimates the UK economy is 2.1 per cent smaller today than it would have been without the adverse shock caused by the Brexit referendum.