Charles Grant

Charles Grant

Areas of expertise 

Britain's EU referendum, the 'future of Europe' debate, the euro, Russia, European foreign and defence policy and China's relations with the West.


Preparing for a softer Brexit

CIRSD Horizons
18 September 2017
The UK's general election has increased the chances of a softer Brexit. But what would that look like? And could it involve a customs union with the European Union?

The EU is changing – and the UK attitude to Brexit could change too

The New Statesman
03 September 2017
The people running the EU have always wanted it to be uniform.

BBC Radio 4 Today: Brexit negotiations

01 September 2017
Charles Grant speaks to John Humphreys about the Brexit negotiations (from 1h 34m).

The real problem with Brexit talks is there are hardliners on both sides

The Guardian
28 August 2017
Will the October summit of EU heads of government deem that “sufficient progress” has been made in the UK’s talks on leaving the EU?

The Express: Trump won't sign UK trade deal until President is certain Brexit will succeed

25 August 2017
The US President will be advised to wait before finalising a new trade deal with the UK after Brexit, according to Charles Grant director of the CER.

Newsnight: The customs union

14 August 2017
Charles Grant speaks to Newsnight about the customs union, and what the UK is hoping to negotiate (from 5.05 mins).

Euronews: Falling pound, border fears and a frightened workforce

23 June 2017
Charles Grant speaks to Sophie Claudet of Euronews on the new proposal allowing EU citizens that have been living in the UK for five years to stay (from 08.45).

The 10 Brexit compromises Theresa May won't talk about

The Guardian
19 June 2017
Neither Theresa May nor Jeremy Corbyn said much about the substance of the Brexit negotiations during the election campaign.

May wanted a mandate for a hard Brexit. Now Europe expects a softer tone

The Observer
11 June 2017
Prime minister's crumbling authority offers a new chance for compromise – and the EU could scale back its demands.

CER podcast: UK election primer

07 June 2017
On the day before the UK general election, Charles Grant and Simon Tilford discuss current polls, the effect of recent attacks on voting, which issues were not sufficiently discussed in the campaigns and what would be the best possible election result for Europe.